GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - As digital photography pushes the dark room into the shadows, Phyllis Ollari wants people to remember why we snap pictures in the first place.
In July of last year, Ollari began the Grand Canyon Photography Club with a vision - local photographers congregating, sharing their work and talking about their passion.
"It is a small group, usually anywhere from six to nine people will show up," she said. "I didn't want it to become a class situation. It would be nice if we had more people involved. But I understand a club isn't for everybody."
The club will host its first show May 19 at the Grand Canyon Recreation Center. The presentation will include all categories of photography. Landscapes, portraits, nature and travel are just a few subjects that one can expect to see at the show.
"It is more of a gallery presentation this time. It will be a mixed bag of photographs," Ollari said. "In the future we are thinking about having a contest."
Ollari hopes the show will help get the word out about her club, where a space is offered for photographers to come, discuss and get feedback. All important for photography.
"Nobody drops off film anymore, and there are no surprises about what you are going to get back," she said. "So, I think photo shows are a nice reminder that photographs are actually a printed material and a printed piece of art."
For Ollari, the importance of this show is not only to show off the club's best work, but also to remind the public that photography is an art, which many sometimes forget.
Ollari started her photography career learning her way around the dark room and working in camera stores, back before digital cameras.
"One of the things I hope to accomplish with this show is to remind people, especially digital photographers, is that photos aren't meant to be looked up on a screen someplace," she said. "They are meant to be printed and held in your hand. It's easy to forget that."
If you would like to submit a photo, entries close on May 17. Maximum size of photographs should be 13x19 and minimum size, 5x7. All work must be matted and/or framed. Contact Phyllis Ollari for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.