Weekend Workshop: Polaroid Emulsion Lifts with Willow Parker @ Photographic Arts Building
Jun 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Willow Parker | Polaroid Emulsion Lift Workshop Flyer

Join us to learn how to create unique and textured images using Polaroid emulsion lifts. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process of working with instant photography and transferring your image onto watercolor paper. With the opportunity to experiment with different techniques, receive personalized guidance, and collaborate with fellow photography enthusiasts, this workshop is perfect for anyone looking to unleash their creativity. Come join us and discover the endless possibilities of instant photography!

Darkroomers’ workshops are open to members only. Click here for membership information.

Happy Hour & SD Fair Artists Reception @ Brignatine Del Mar
Jun 11 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Happy Hour & SD Fair Artists Reception @ Brignatine Del Mar | Del Mar | California | United States

Let’s celebrate the Darkroomers members whose photos are displayed at the San Diego County Fair! This get-together is open to all members, even if you didn’t enter the fair this year.

We’ll meet for happy hour at the Brigantine in Del Mar at 5:30 p.m. for a light dinner and libations (the happy hour menu is available from 3-6 p.m.), then make our way to the fairgrounds for the art reception, which starts at 7 p.m.

You may also want to bring your camera and a walk-around lens. The evening before the fair opens is quite interesting to capture!

Please RSVP to Angela if you plan to attend the happy hour portion. We hope to see you there!

On Location: La Jolla Potholes
Jun 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Darkroomers members for a lovely evening at the La Jolla Potholes! We’ll be focusing on WAVES for our 2nd Quarter Theme.

We’ll meet at 5:30 PM on the bluff and have ample time to explore and take photos before sunset (7:58 PM). High tide is at 4:08 PM (3.74 ft) and will be on its way out when we arrive (low tide at 9:04 PM, 2.85 ft).

Dinner (location TBD) to follow.

Pictures of People Taking Pictures | by Angela Andrieux

Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Photographic Arts Building
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The meeting will start promptly at 7 pm, but we’ll open the building at 6 pm for setup and social hour.

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night!

Our judge for June will be Sam Chen.

Members bring prints for critique on the third Wednesday of each month. Prints accepted by the Judge will hang for up to 2 months in the Photographic Arts Building gallery.

Visitors are welcome, however, submitting images for critique is available for members only. If you’d like more information about joining Darkroomers, please check out our membership page and email us if you have any questions.

Sam Chen Flyer

About Sam

Sam Chen first became intrigued with photography at the tender age of 5 when he picked up his father’s vintage Minolta rangefinder camera. But it wasn’t until high school and after years of saving his allowance money that he was able to finally afford his very own SLR film camera – a Minolta Maxxum 5000. It was love at first sight.

But like any good, obedient Asian son, he abandoned his dreams of shooting for NatGeo and spent the first 10 years of his young adult life working as a Creative Director for a Fortune 500 company in Silicon Valley. Sam then dove headfirst into animation filmmaking and taught his skills as an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of CA.

It was then that Sam stumbled upon drone aerial photography which led him to found Aloha PhotoVideo with early commissions shooting for Port of San Diego, Pacific Sotheby’s, Berkshire Hathaway, and Compass. Aloha PhotoVideo has grown to be the leading provider of photo/video services for the luxury real estate market in San Diego.

Sam currently stays active in several local and international photographic groups and regularly contributes as a Judge for the annual San Diego County Fair Photo Contest. When not slaving away in front of Lightroom & Photoshop, Sam is an avid music lover and enjoys slurping ramen, strumming his Les Paul guitar, and cruising San Diego in his new eBike.