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Photographing Humanity: Connecting with and Photographing Strangers in their Element

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 7:15 PM until 9:00 PM
Art Ark Gallery
1035 S. 6th Street
San Jose, CA  95112
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
John E Gayler
Roberto Gonzalez
Monthly Educational Presentation and Networking
Registration is required
Payment in Full In Advance Or At Event
The location is sponsored by Art Ark Gallery and the exhibition photographers.

PARKING in front of warehouses from 1036-1042 S. 5th St. between Keyes St. and Bestor St. is permitted after 6:00 pm.

The Covid-19 policy is as per Santa Clara County guidelines:
Available Slots:
No Fee
Join us for a PPSCV Continuing Education presentation relating to Street Photography and other genres where you need to make a fast connection with strangers.

This month's meeting and presentation will be held at the Art Ark Gallery in South San Jose.

The gallery exhibits are open from 6:00PM for the curious and those who want a front row seat, but be prepared, Pam's fearless personality will have her engaging everyone. 

Announcements and Introductions will be at 7:00PM and the main presentation will begin at 7:15PM.

Pam Perkins will share with you her techniques for photographing the strangers she meets while traveling around the world. As someone who has visited 77 countries in the last twenty years, Pam has photographed hundreds of people on the street and in their homes in places like Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Despite not knowing their language, she manages to develop a relationship with people through skills she has developed since childhood when she grew up in a motel in New Hampshire and talked with different strangers every day. It is through these short relationships that she is able to put people at ease so that they portray their true self, which is evident when you see her work.

Regarding this exhibit Pam will explain how she went about selecting the photographs, curated them, and prepared them for exhibition.

Registration for this private PPSCV event is required, seating is limited, so please register early and make sure to cancel if you cannot attend.

Pam Perkins, Photographer - Artist Statement

When viewing my photographs in this exhibit, please imagine you are standing in my shoes, holding a camera, and looking at the same people I saw.  Consider seeing beyond an unusual face or a striking pose.  Envision their world.  Focus on people’s faces, their posture and expressions. What do you feel?

One of my objectives as a photographer is to stir an emotion within you.  I want you to have an awareness and a reaction to the people whose lives and environments are different from ours.  Appreciation and sensitivity are key to understanding people’s different beliefs, perspectives and customs. This is how we build bridges across complex cultures.

The ability to step out of my comfort zone has been the guiding principle of my travel photography for more than twenty years, as I have explored places off the beaten path and focused on countries that are on the brink of change.

Once I began using a camera, my view of the world shifted.  My curiosity grew.  My vision went beyond just seeing a beautiful landscape or understanding a complex history.  I saw a world that is much more about the human condition in its myriad complexities. 

That’s when I knew I wanted to take photographs of people.

I am not afraid to approach a stranger.  Communicating with a friendly greeting and a warm smile puts people at ease and helps me establish a connection, whether I speak their language or not.  Humor can also help mitigate any tension or alleviate skepticism. I want people to enjoy connecting with me as much as I savor our interaction. I also convey my honesty about wanting to take their photograph.

Expressing sincere interest in the people I meet is my way to show respect, which is essential to establish trust.  Respect and trust are necessary elements for my photographs to show people’s humanity and give them a voice to tell their stories.