It was a busy afternoon today at the After Supper Visions class. The artists have taken all of their photos by now, and they are now working hard with the volunteer Photo Team members to learn simple editing tools that bring out the best in their photos, without distorting the original images. New artists will have three photos in this year’s ASV Photo Exhibition on June 12-14, while returning artists will each have four photos to display. The camaraderie, the generosity of spirit and the sharing of ideas are all quite special in these afternoon sessions!
Class is back in session, with the 2020 After Supper Visions artists!
The photos below are from today’s class. At this point many of the artists have taken their photos and are now uploading with, with the help of the Photo Team volunteers, to determine which photos they would like to enter in the 2020 Photo Exhibition. What a fantastic time of discovery and creativity for everyone!
Each Tuesday, in class the artists continue to learn and grow in their appreciation of this fascinating artform. Yesterday, Clydell D. expressed what many of the artists are feeling. He said, “Sometimes you get perplexed looking at a photograph and that is a good thing. It is part of the beauty of the photo.”
Thank you, Clydell for challenging us all to look beyond what is easy and comfortable in what we see everyday.
At this week’s ASV Photography Class, new and returning artists were discussing how photographers often use shadows to enrich images captured on film. Photo Team members shared photos from previous years and all agreed that shadow techniques can really make photos come alive.
Sandra said, “I am still learning. What makes this program so great is seeing things from a different perspective, the more you know what you are doing.”
Deborah added, “I enjoy this time of year when I get to meet all of the new artists. We are all learning as we go. Since I started in this program I never realized that Chicago is so beautiful.”
There has been a great deal of excitement at the Tuesday Night Suppers over the past several weeks. Members of the volunteer Photo Team (seen at left) have been on-hand to welcome new artists to the ASV program, and say hello again to the artists who are returning for another season of discovery in the art of photography.
Wishing all the best to everyone in the program this year!
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The 18th season of After Supper Visions is underway! Classes started September 10 and the artists are excited to be back!
The first Advanced Artist class was especially lively, as the artists discussed how they want to take their skill and knowledge of photography to the next level this year.
Sherri H. said, “My favorite subject matter is flowers, because when I was a child my mother worked in a flower shop.”
Donnell shared interesting insights on shadows and how they affect picture-taking.
Deborah was eager to show the group the photos she has taken on Instagram.
New ideas were shared all-around, with everyone inspired to grow themselves, and share their knowledge with the new artists in the program. Just like in schools all over the country, there is much enthusiasm in ASV classrooms this Fall!
Welcome to the 18th season of After Supper Visions! Sign-ups begin Tuesday, September 10 for all returning and new artists who would like to participate in this program of artistry, creativity and photography. We look forward to a new season of wonderful discovery for all!
AFTER SUPPER VISIONS: DEVELOPING FILM, TALENT AND HOPE
The success of the 2019 After Supper Visions Photo Exhibition could be seen most visibly on the faces of the artists who had the great satisfaction that comes from working very hard on a project and seeing through to its completion. As in previous years, old friendships were renewed and new friendships were made, plus many of the attendees were in awe of the beauty of the photos taken by the artists. These were other, tangible signs that the photo show was a triumph again this year. Here are the impressive totals from the photo exhibition weekend:
Number of artists: 54
Number of attendees: 287
Number of volunteers: 36
Number of photos sold: 99
Payments to artists: $6,930
There were a few artists who did not sell any photos at the exhibition. However, a remarkably generous benefactor bought photos from these artists, so every participant earned something from being part of the photo show. May we all be inspired by the generosity of this kind gentleman!
Photo prints and photos gifts can still be purchased and donations can be made on this website. See our HOME page for details. If you would like to purchase prints for your corporate office and/or if you would like to host a gallery reception in support of ASV and its artists, please contact Kathy Donahue at, 312-655-7305, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WELL DONE, ASV ARTISTS! We look forward to another year of ASV beauty, growth and discovery with you, starting again in September.
After Supper Visions: Developing Film, Talent and Hope
These photos were taken in Hawaii while I worked on a cruise ship this past summer. Although I was working 10-hour days, I was able to get off every now and then and take photos every chance I got. I hope you enjoy them.
I am so proud and humbled to be in this show. I have for so long been called a loser, good for nothing, never amount to anything person. Today I know I am none of those negative things. Having been clean and sober for seven years I can truly say I feel a part of something good. I see myself as being a photographer and an artist. I’m grateful for this social opportunity. I thank God for everyone involved in making this event successful.
Photography is an art and I pray that my pictures are a good example of my talent as an artist.
I am so glad that there is that thing called After Supper Visions. I look forward to the show each year. It give me another reason to be a happy person. To see things and record them is magic. I am grateful that we can share this wonderful moment.
The sky is always open for us. Sometimes low, sometimes high, like our goals, short or long. Keep trying; keep working, eventually we will be there.
Photography lets me share with others. We can see the different points of view, even seeing the same objects; like our lives.
I live here in Chicago. I am an artist that really appreciate what Catholic Charities is doing with the photography sessions. Looking forward to doing more photo events with them.
The photography class was great. It gave me a chance to be creative and to see the beauty of God.
I like taking pictures hoping that someone will be inspired by what Chicago looks like through my vision of what I see.
The positive style can be a style that takes time to build and achieve. The tips and edges (for each shot) are taken in preparation. Reconsideration why there can be a change, can add to different things not being shown, but later be taken into consideration.
Photography is a recording of expression. My expression is freelance; the ability to share a message, my message is peace and excitement.
Random photography of the city. From the early morning not as bitterly cold outside as it feels.
The Catholic Charities “After Supper Visions Photography”. This career of 17 years has brought out my hidden artistic talent thanks to the “Master Teacher, Jody” of the photography program.
My photo vision scenes from Chicago lakefront. With the use of shade, shadows, shots were taken on angles using lines to draw the viewer into the photo scene
The photo project has improved my creative and artistic expressions. My images are an expression of my creative side. Thanks to Catholic Charities for giving me a chance to become an artist.
I love this project because it makes me feel proud taking pictures of doors, windows, plants, animals, and buildings. I do enjoy taking pictures; it makes me feel good about animals, plants, building, food, and myself.
I have been taking pictures for eight years and I am still in the pictures. I like being in it because it helps me calm down and be happy. I like taking pictures outside a lot, hot, snow, that what I like doing. It shows what best comes out of me.
I began doing this art project for a year now… but at first I thought it was going to be a waste of my time, but now I’m beginning to really like this program… I love to see the different photos that have been entered in the art show.
At a young age I was given a camera, and from there I just fell in love with photography, no schooling. Just a passion.
This is my second year doing the After Supper Visions show. I really enjoyed it. Last year I took the picture of the rose during the Christmas dinner at Catholic Charities, a reflection of another building hitting the garage made an interesting light show and a mirror image on glass with dancing rain on a stormy night.
The shape of my photo picture is the flower, the color shape of it like shape from the build is how it was the color in it is so good. I like my photo. It is good to have the shape bring out the color in it, just great. It must be my flower that the color brings out. It’s ok to me.
Many things you see can inspire you and help you see things differently, but the moment the eyes to your heart are open it will inspire you even more because now it’s not only the eye that captures what inspires yo… Read more
My friend and I go out to take pictures as a team and enjoy and compare.
The Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier Chicago is awesome. I wanted everyone to know how it feels when you stand at the bottom of the stairs, excited and afraid to get on. So, I laid on the ground and took this picture, and then I ran away!
It is my expression of my photography of my life vision is the vision of my life in the world of beauty.
First, I would like to thank God for allowing me to grace the company of such loving people and their gracious hearts of compassion.
Catholic Charities After Supper Visions project has been a lifesaver for me. To view the world as it truly is in all its splendor. The chance to inspire is my middle name when it comes to photography. Thanks to all involved.
Photography is like still poetry, looking through the lens of a camera, I try to find something that speaks directly to me. I love to escape. Photography is a perfect way to escape. When I am taking pictures, I go to a faraway place where I can become one with the camera, and nothing else matters.
I love my photography class. I have learned how to hold a camera correctly, at the same time choose a view that speaks directly to me.
I like to talk to others and see a new life Time is not good, I don have a job or home. Working for it all but pictures and the photo project are helping me to look up. Being with friends at the photo project has helped me.
I have been in the show for 3 years. I love taking pictures outdoors. The way the shadows fall, the way the color grows and flower. City life catches my eyes!
Where do we go when we go. Do you know yet life goes on. Life at time could feel like a cage. Most people have no idea it exist be it up top or at the bottom, we are all seeking of some sort of freedom.
Everything must be rooted and grounded in love according to the Bible. The flower, carrots and the celery were rooted and grounded in love, so was our country, symbolized by the flag and Patriot on the Horse. Want to change the world… root for love, by loving yourself and others, by making a world a better place for all to love. That is how you change the world; root for love, by being rooted in love. Sow love, reap love, reap what showed and grounded in love.
The world of structure, enthusiasm, accomplishment in photo synthesizing and obedience in learning. These are my feelings about photography.
I like the colors of my photos and their shapes; how they grow from the ground and blend it out.
I enjoy the class.
Enjoying the sun reflecting on the building while walking through the city.
I love the “poetry” photo. When I was 14 years old Gwendolyn Brooks visited my High School and read her poems. It was my first introduction to a Poet Laureate. Ms. Brooks explained to my class the definition of a Poet Laureate. Ms. Brooks literally spoke these words “We Real Cool.” After Supper Visions teachers have inspired me. They are the reason why I took these photos.
The heavens are higher than the earth symbolized by the globe, it is even higher than the Willis tower aka Sears Tower. It is higher than the flags along with the Willis Tower, and the new Ferris Wheel featured at Navy Pier. To err may be human, but heaven is always divine, and such are we.
I love the After Supper Visions program. It has made me become more appreciative of photography. A picture can say a lot of words. One is love for the ASV program…
I spent the summer in Cedar Michigan last year, and the view at most everywhere I went was breathtaking, so here are some of the sights I would like to share.
ONLY IN MY MIND’S EYE
Do I enjoy my perfect photographs.
I then raise my camera,
release the shutter,
and that original moment
in time is gone forever,
never to be repeated again.
That short delay of the shutter,
and dust on the lens,
the printer’s inks,
and even the texture of the photo paper,
all conspire to distort my “perfect image”.
It is with this in mind,
that I sincerely hope
that I can transport the v… Read more
In my pictures, I have captured the beauty in objects and places with different medium, which allows me to express unique pictures.
When the light came this morning of this day God created a great view, it formed out to be a great picture, and that leaves a great memory in your mind.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Mark your calendars for the next ASV Photo Exhibition: June 9-11, 2023