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Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum

2158 W. Ohio Street

Chicago, IL  60612


To protect our members and guests from exposure to the Covid-19 virus, we are hosting virtual meetings, using the Zoom meeting application, instead of meeting at our regular venue. We will continue this system until the threat of

infection has passed.

Our weekly activities are continuing virtually with tutorials, photo presentations, discussion forums and competitions.

Our meetings are currently reserved for member participation. If you are interested in observing what we are doing, let us know via email at fortdinfo@gmail.com

We continue to post industry news, free tutorials and articles about photography on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chicagophotoforum

Special Zoom Live Presentation:

Photographic Impressionism by

English Photographer Valda Bailey

March 19, 2021  Noon - 1:30 PM

FREE Admisssion, but you do need to register.



Donations to not-for-profit Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum are always welcome:

Let Us Play

Valda Bailey's talk is about furthering one's imagination when making images. The very real rewards that can come from letting go of the constraints of conventional photography and allowing ourselves to be led by ideas and instinct. Not only with regard to subject matter but with colour, composition, focus, exposure and all the other doctrines that are held to be sacrosanct. We have learned to paint with our camera, and instead of being preoccupied with replicating what we see, we are concerned with interpreting it and presenting an impression - abstract or otherwise.

My objective when taking photographs is rooted in my training as a painter. The causal deployment of the brush that says so much with such apparent ease is something I have always found extremely compelling. It could be argued that I’m setting myself up for failure before I even begin, by trying to make a photograph that is more like a painting as the hand of the artist is always going to be missing, but I press on regardless. I am motivated by colour and form and the tension and dynamism that these components can bring to an image. My goal is not so much to portray a literal representation but rather depict my feelings evoked by the landscape. I try to find something extraordinary in the mundane.

Artist Statement

© Valda Bailey

© Valda Bailey

© Valda Bailey