APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Frans Grootveld

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Look no further then the current members of the APC. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is our very own public relations program director,  Frans Grootveld.

Bio:
I have been interested in photography since I was in my early teens. I wanted to capture the beauty of the world around me and this seemed to be the way to do it. I even had a darkroom where I messed around with all those nasty chemicals. After a decades long break in “serious” photography while my children were growing I was inspired take it up again by 2 strangers I bumped into at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. They had gotten married there the day before and came back early in the morning to take pictures of each other in their wedding dress and Tux. They asked me if I would take some shots of them together and after a few instructions they handed me their new SLR.  I was inspired by the moment and the camera and decided to return to my former hobby. It wasn’t until a few years later that I got a DSLR and found it a little baffling because I was used to simple cameras. Too many options! 4 years ago I found APC and after a couple of classes the light bulb clicked on and I suddenly connected my film knowledge to digital technology. Of course that only opened the door to more learning, but it was no longer baffling. But it did prove one thing a high school teacher I had once said “ The more you learn the more you realize how much you don’t know”. The adventure continues.

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    I am primarily interested in travel and landscape photography but am finding myself taking more pictures of people in candid settings. The first you have some control over depending on your time at the scene, while the second rarely allows much control, because it constantly changes.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    My inspiration comes from other photographers around me. I learn from them by sharing knowledge and I’m inspired by them because they shoot such great images.  Joining and learning fro APC has been a big inspiration to me for those reasons.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I’ve been interested in photography since my teens. I took a long break from it when I had my family but have returned to it since retiring 10 years ago.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a Kodak Brownie, either a Holiday or Bullet. From there I moved to a Yashica rangefinder camera and then my first SLR, a 1972 vintage Canon FTb. I still have the FTb, which I used up until 1999.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    My dream photo trip would be to travel on an adventure cruise the Antarctica.

You can view some of Frans’ work on our Meetup site.

APC January / February Newsletter

The January – February newsletter is now available for download. It has everything you need to keep you up to date on the APC season news and events.
You can download the newsletter from the link below. Feel free to share it with anyone interested.

APC Newsletter January-February 2016

The APC would like to thank newsletter editor, Laurie Taylor for her great work.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Laurie Taylor

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Look no further then the current members of the APC. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, our featured photographer is Laurie Taylor.

Bio:

My interest in photography really took off in the 1980’s when I took a photo class with an architectural photographer, David Miller in Montreal. Inspired, I decided to do my degree in photography at Concordia University. Shortly after graduating I moved to Toronto and started working at a stock photography agency. From there I moved on and worked at The Canadian Press for 12 years in the editorial photo department. I was totally immersed in photography from the mid 80’s until 1998. Over the next few years my two boys were born and my photography (other than family pics!) was put on hold. About 5 years ago I got back into photography when I my bought my first dslr. As my sons started joining sports teams, sports photography captured my interest. The APC gave me the amazing opportunity to shoot Baseball and Softball at the Pan Am Games for the Town of Ajax this past summer. Thanks APC!

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    I gravitate towards simplicity. I very much adhere to the “less is more” philosophy
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    In school I studied all the old masters of photography. I was particularly fond of Edward Weston, Paul Strand and Ansel Adams. They inspired me to take photos. Recently I’ve been inspired by and love looking at the work of Silena Lambertini of 500px.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    My interest in photography started when I found a zoom lens while visiting Toronto when I was 13 years old. Upon returning back to Montreal my dad bought me a Minolta camera that fit the lens. I have been photographing on and off ever since!
  • What was your first camera?
    A minolta XG7 was my first camera but my second camera was much more interesting. It was an old wooden Korona large format camera with a 4×5 and 5×7 back. I inherited it from a well known photographer in Montreal named David Bier who was the team photographer for the Montreal Canadiens from the 1940’s till the early 80’s. He told me at the time that it was the camera that he used to take all the Montreal Canadiens team photos. I used this camera throughout my university years!
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    I would love to photograph in Ireland.

APC September / October Newsletter

The September / October newsletter is now available for download. It has everything you need to keep you up to date on the APC season news and events.
You can download the newsletter from the link below. Feel free to share it with anyone interested.

APC Sept Oct 2015 Newsletter