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Charlie Sawyer, Photographer | Workshop Sep29-Oct1; Show to 10/25/17

We are pleased to be hosting the Charlie Sawyer, Photographer Workshop, Sep.30 & Oct.1, 2017. Charlie is a featured Photographer at our gallery, and would like to share some of his knowledge and skills with others.


Friday, 9/29, 5:30-7pm: Open House Wine Reception. Meet Charlie, see his work, and enjoy some light refreshments, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free admission.

Sat. 9/30, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
A Photographer’s Eye: How To See And Capture Photographs In The World Around Us
Join photographer Charlie Sawyer for a walk around downtown Apalachicola and the waterfront. He’ll share his techniques for seeing potential photographs in the environment, and then share the technical knowledge necessary to capture the images in ways that show them in their best light. Charlie will demonstrate how to select the best angle, compose the shot, and which camera settings you should use to get the most out of any digital camera. Bring any digital camera, with fully-charged batteries and plenty of available memory.

Sat. 9/30, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Reproducing Paintings: How To Produce High-Quality Digital Photographs Of Your Paintings
Photographer Charlie Sawyer will demonstrate how to position artwork, lighting, and the camera to get high-quality reproductions of paintings. Charlie will show you which of your camera’s settings you should use to get the most faithful reproduction of your artwork. Indoor and outdoor techniques will be demonstrated. Charlie will also demonstrate how to resize the images for various purposes, such as Giclee prints, contest submissions, and posting on the web. Bring any digital camera, with fully-charged batteries and plenty of available memory.

Sun. 10/1, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Basic Photo Editing: How To Use Any Photo Editing Software To Make Your Photos Look Better.
Photographer Charlie Sawyer will demonstrate how to process and prepare any photographs you have taken, to make them look their best. He’ll start out with the basic tools that are freely available on any computer (and on the web), and then demonstrate some advanced techniques that come with more sophisticated programs like PhotoShop.

Cost: $35 each workshop. Maximum 15 participants per workshop. Tickets available at https://squareup.com/store/on-the-waterfront-gallery or call 850-653-9699 to register in advance. Refund policy: cancel less than 7 days (or no show) no refund; cancel at least 7 days prior to start (or if workshop cancelled) 100% refund.

9/29-10/25: Charlie’s work will be on display and available for purchase.

About Charlie Sawyer: he is a retired leadership development facilitator, instructional designer, and educator. He is an award-winning fine art photographer and an amateur singer-songwriter. You can find Charlie on Facebook and LinkedIn. And visit Charlie’s European travel blog, 1700Somewhere.com. Charlie lives with his wife in Apalachicola, Florida, USA.

Website: https://charliesawyer.com/

John Spohrer, Photographer-Workshop presentation & Show SEP 1-27, 2017

We are delighted to be hosting renowned local Photographer and Florida Master Naturalist John Spohrer, September 1 to 27, 2017. John has lived on the Forgotten Coast since 1980, and has published 2 photo journalism books.


Friday, 9/1: Open House Wine Reception 5:30-7pm. Meet John, see his work, and enjoy some light refreshments, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free admission.

Saturday, 9/2, 2-4pm: Workshop presentation: “The Art of Waterscape Photography”. Location: here at the gallery. Discussion, Slideshow/Video & Book Signing. Admission $35, tickets available at https://squareup.com/store/on-the-waterfront-gallery or call 850-653-9699 to register in advance, seating limited.

9/1-27: John’s photography and books will be on display and available for purchase.


About John Spohrer (from http://forgottencoastoutdoors.com/aboutAuthor.html):
John B. Spohrer, Jr. is a Florida Master Naturalist who has lived on the Forgotten Coast since 1980 after moving from his native Louisiana. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and studied graduate-level creative writing at Florida State University. He is an honorably-discharged veteran of the U. S. Army.

The author is married to Helen Diane Townsend Spohrer of The Plains, Louisiana. The family is active in supporting the Franklin County Humane Society and the Florida Wild Mammal Association and urges your support of these two worthy organizations.
Spohrer and his wife own Forgotten Coast TV. This cable TV channel is dedicated to eco-education and to displaying the unique culture and resources of the Forgotten Coast and Franklin County, Florida. Forgotten Coast TV is available on all cable outlets in Franklin County and broadcasts streaming on the Internet at www.ForgottenCoastTV.com.

The author has been the host of “The Forgotten Coast Outdoors” since 2005. This show emphasizes the eco-adventures available here that can bring both visitors and locals closer to understanding and appreciating the land, plants and animals that call the Forgotten Coast home.

“My goals are to promote the lawful, ethical and responsible treatment of all wildlife and to support additions to our treasury of public wild lands as befits the Forgotten Coast’s unique and irreplaceable bio-diversity.

My hope is that these images and stories remind you of the urgent need to protect and nurture the heart and soul of Florida’s Forgotten Coast, its wild creatures in their wild places. They have nowhere left to go.

See more about John at:



Photographer Joan Lea Miller: “Vanishing Tribes in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley”

Update 4-6-’17: The Opening was a success! Thanks to all visitors & participants, especially those who took something home!

Meet International Photographer Joan Lea Miller at her One Woman show: “Vanishing Tribes and Culture in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley”, Friday , March 31, 5:30-7:00 pm. Opening night party with complimentary wine and treats. She will also be giving a slide presentation (details to be announced). Joan’s photography will be on display at the gallery through April 29.

Photographer Joan Lea Miller

Vanishing tribes and Culture in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley
Photos of an exotic forgotten tribe from Africa. Meet and hear first hand about this exotic experience with these fantastic creative natives fully adorned with face and body paint and the most interesting examples of local flora and fauna. Catch a glimpse of these vanishing tribes people before their heritage is lost forever.

Photographer Joan Lea Miller:
Joan Lea Miller was born in Los Angles, California but has lived most of her life in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of Miami where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree. Later she went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the Florida International University and a Masters degree of Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Her journeys have taken her crisscrossing the globe in search of compelling travel experiences and exotic photographic images. Through out her life she’s found inspiration in traveling to really remote, difficult and risky countries such as Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Northern India, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia’s Ring of Fire.

Her goal in traveling is getting a solid feel for the day to day life of the ordinary people who make up the country. Culture is the key to experience that solid feel for a peoples daily life. Culture focuses not on isolated individuals and whatever personal characteristics they may possess, but on societies and the beliefs and ways of behaving that its members hold in common.

Every culture has its own customs and ways. Regardless of their approach to life, however, Miller has found that people in other cultures are not all that different from us. We all share the same basic wants, needs and desires.
Suri Culture: The Suri are among the 12 tribes in the south of Ethiopia where they live in remote mountain regions. Tensions surround all the tribes resulting in violent battles. They have a fierce culture, with a liking for stick fighting called Donga or Saginay, bringing great prestige to men. It is especially important when seeking a bride. They are very competitive and risk serious injury and occasional death. The males are often shaved bald and frequently wear little or no clothes during the stick fights. Bodies will be painted, some will wear limited protected gear.

Piercing and lip plates are a strong part of the Suri culture. At the point of puberty in order to beautify themselves for marriage, most women beautify themselves. They have their bottom teeth removed in order to get their lower lip pierced then stretched so as to allow for plates up to sixteen inches in diameter. Having a lip plate is a sign of beauty and the bigger the plate, the more cattle the woman is worth. This is important when the women are ready to get married.

The Suri pride themselves on their scars and how many they carry. Women perform scarification by slicing their skin with a razor blade after lifting it with a thorn. Men scar their bodies after they kill someone from an enemy tribe. These rituals are extremely painful.

Villages normally range in size from 40 to 1,000 people. Village life is communal, sharing the produce of the cattle (milk & blood).

Though their chiefs may wear the fur crown of a pagan priest king, they are merely the most respected elder in a village. Literacy level is very low.

Each household in the Suri village is run by a woman. These women also own their own fields and are allowed to use their profits however they wish. Every age group has a certain role. Young men who are not yet considered warriors help with cattle when they reach age eight.