Welcome to the new home of The IRIS Photographic Society of Alberta! We are a non-profit society registered in the province of Alberta, and headquartered in Calgary. Our mission is to encourage understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and places around the world, though photography as a medium of visual art and story-telling.
Here at the beginning, we wanted to a extend a huge THANK-YOU! to our 2012 inaugural project teammates Colleen Miniuk-Sperry and Ken Ross, plus all the other helpful members of Phoenix-based group Through Each Others Eyes™. This past summer, our team of Alberta-based photographers Peter Carroll and Royce Howland, with local support from Kerry Smith, worked in a creative collaboration with Arizonans Colleen and Ken to jointly travel and photograph in Arizona and Alberta. Our goal, based on the model TEOE has successfully used for over 20 years, was to create an international photography project that would be exhibited and supported by presentations in the Calgary and Phoenix regions. All with the aim of bringing interesting personal visions and stories of our respective regions to audiences in each community.
After months of work, we recently held our very first exhibition at the Art Intersection Gallery in Gilbert, Arizona. A big THANKS! also to the team at Art Intersection for hosting our launch exhibit so well. It was great to see the results of our efforts — 80 prints in total — hanging in a wonderful space. It was even better to see that space filled with a group of enthusiastic people that we could meet and talk with about our project. What a great opportunity it was to share our love of travel and exploration, capturing and sharing images and stories of the special people and places we encountered.
This first project was intense, eye-opening, fun and so much more. It made such an impact on the Alberta team that we’ve launched IRIS to carry this work forward. Through future exhibits, presentations, projects and partnerships, we will continue to use photography to bring a positive message of appreciation and respect for diverse people and places to a greater audience.
More to come soon, including announcements of exhibits in the Calgary area! See the side bar of this site for several ways you can follow IRIS news, and stay tuned…