Objective: True North Photo Society is about nurturing the evolution in one’s series or bodies of work. As well as the explorations in the varied realms of presentation that best suits the fine art photographer’s imagery. It’s growing together in experimentation of alternative process by sharing experiences and knowledge that support one another’s growth through photography. It’s an opportunity for support and understanding through the challenges of creation.
History: True North Photo Society started out as a group of 5 ladies that set out to bring beauty through imagery throughout San Diego County. Their work focused on story telling through the lens, specializing in Digital and Analogue Photography with archival print media ranging in variety of Photographic Paper, Metal, Acrylic, and more. Many processes of alternative photographic techniques such as Wet Cyanotypes, Van Dyke, Salt Prints, Platinum Palladium, were among their focus. Many themed exhibitions were featured throughout Southern California.
TODAY: True North Photo Society (TNPS) resides under the umbrella of Oak Gallery. It is a membership based photographic group containing two tiers of membership. The 1st tier is for those that are members only at $100 annually. They are given online presence with 10-15 images including a statement, bio, and link to their website on the Oak Gallery website. They are given the opportunity to show for a two-month period once a year along with a second TNPS member. Each may show 1-3 framed prints, depending on size, for a low per framed image fee along with a 25% commission to the gallery for works sold on the specified TNPS wall. Each 1st tier member may have up to 5 matted prints in the TNPS print bin all year. These members are included in some of the social media postings for the gallery, are invited to participate in additional fairs and shows, and are asked to gallery sit 3 times a year. The 2nd tier is for those that are currently renting gallery wall space that wish to be a part of the True North Photo Society meetings, portfolio talks, and alternative process creation days, this is $60 annually. The 2nd tier has their own set wall space and bin boxes along with a wide variety of amenities and is a separate entity. TNPS has upwards of 15 members and meets 6 times a year to share and discuss current bodies of work as well as experiment in the alternative processes 3 times a year. More specifics may be found Here for the different tiers.