Join us for DUNEWORK, a presentation by Bob Canepa on how he captures his beautiful black and white photos of sand dunes.
This presentation will take place via Zoom. Members will be emailed with the meeting link. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please email email@example.com and we’ll add you to the guest list.
About Bob Canepa:
In 2004, while teaching mathematics to junior high students in Atascadero, a small group of them said, “Hey, Mr. Canepa, why don’t you take a picture of us with our friends?” I replied that I did not own a camera, and they promptly problem solved the situation and said, “GET ONE!” So, with a smile, I began a journey into photography.
I find myself in awe of this art form each day. There is always something to photograph, always a different perspective, angle or a change in the lighting. There are those moments of learning where nothing tangible comes that day from my efforts, but in the future it becomes obvious that that day was just an opportunity to take another path headed to the same goal . . . that of becoming a better photographer and expanding my vision. This makes every day a joy, whatever the subject is, it is a challenge to capture the essence of the moment. It’s also play, like a child who loses him/herself in absolute focus and thought of that play. No wonder so many people have chosen to participate in improving their skills in photography. I owe so much to those 7th grade students for so many reasons, photography being one.
I am passionate about dune photography and have been “playing” in the dunes for years. I find something new each time when I visit the Oceano Dunes in Oceano, California. (I return approximately once per week). Within 45 minutes from my home I can be up on top of the highest dune surveying the entire area and planning for images as the sun descends in the coming hours. It can be the tranquility that the dunes area provides, the segments of the dunes revealing intricate patterns, or simply the contours of areas, that draws me back, but it all provides an ever-changing environment filled with opportunities to explore and create images which allow me to share my vision of the wondrous landform.