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William Lawrence

Board Director : Chair

I have worked in retail, industrial supply, and customer service. 35mm photography was HUGE (and modern) way back when and I still have my trusty Minolta.

Why/How you became involved with Seities?

Collaborated with the SEITIES team by hosting magazine launches at Shelf Life Books. They were fun to set up and terrific events.

What impact has Seities had on you?

Seities revived my interest in traditional photography and more so in producing art magazines.

What is your vision for the future of Seities?

I really want to create avenues for artists to get their work viewed through events, discussions, displays and magazines. 

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Cathy Simone

Board Director : Secretary

My fine art photography celebrates the spirit of the horse and the profound equine influence within my life's journey. I am a graduate of the Alberta University of the Arts, Class of 92 - back when the school was known as ACA. My traditional education of film, chemistry and darkroom developed diligence and patience of practice, technique and craftsmanship, and respect for the art of photography. I currently teach at AUArts, in a classroom that was once our darkroom, sharing photography, process, print and presentation with student, colleague, and the photographic community.

Why/How you became involved with Seities?

I first met Sanja in the fall of 2007 when she was a 2nd year photo student at AUArts, and I wondered how her extraordinary eyes would render in black & white. Sanja's integrity and grace (and her 4th year self portrait prose) continue to inspire our friendship.

What impact has Seities had on you?

I have incredible respect and sincere admiration for the "Dream" of Seities- a dream that has been realized with passion and perseverance, diligence and dedication. I am honoured to pay tribute to Kirsten & Sanja's dream, and to work with the amazing Seities team. 

What is your vision for the future of Seities?

My vision for the future, is that Seities continues to showcase, exhibit and present the fantastic talent and unique artistry of local, national and international photographers, with the hope of one day establishing a permanent home-base studio that offers hands on exploration and experimentation for our collective community within a comfortable, creative environment.

I look forward to Seities' bright and promising future, to celebrating traditional practice together, and the wonderful opportunities to teach, share, and learn with each other.

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Tasha Holness

Board Director : Treasurer

I’m a recent graduate from SAIT with my degree in Finance and Accounting. I’m an admirer of arts and probably the least experience on the team. I appreciate others creativity and hopefully by hanging with you guys I’ll catch the big and start taking photos . 

 

Why/How you became involved with Seities?

Sanja is the reason why I’m apart of Seities. As a result now that I’m apart of team I’m super excited to learn from the experts and hopefully contribute with my limited knowledge of photography. 

 

What impact has Seities had on you?

Seities has widened my knowledge of photography and also allowed me to meet some fantastic people. 

 

What is your vision for the future of Seities?

 

I would love to see Seities functioning on a surplus every year.  Which will allow them to service a larger audience. 

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Jayden Fox

Board Director

I studied accounting at SAIT, and completed my business degree at Mount Royal University with a focus on social innovation, non-profit management, and entrepreneurship. I worked in the beauty industry for 7 years, and I currently work for a co-operative organization where I coordinate the execution of strategic initiatives and projects.

 

Why/how you became involved with Seities?

I learned about Seities when I met Kirsten while I was in University in 2014, and recently joined as a board member. I became involved to learn from and support an amazing team of passionate and creative individuals.

 

What impact has Seities had on you?

As a teenager, I dreamed to become a photographer. A decade after putting my camera down, Seities has provided me with the opportunity to learn about analogue photography, and has inspired me to pick up a camera again!

 

What is your vision for the future of Seities?

I would love to see the Seities community grow locally and internationally. My vision is for passionate beginners to join the community and learn the art of analogue and film processing techniques.

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Rocio Graham

Board Director

I am Mexican /Canadian photographer, science/art nerd, taco maker goddess and a dancing queen ( challenge me to a dance off please). I studied photography at Emily Carr University ( when C prints were a thing) and the Alberta University of the Arts. For people new to my art they may be familiar with my digital photographic work but I have an insane analogue practice with alternative photographic work. Currently I am experimenting with the power of analogue with new technologies and I am loving it!

 

 

Why/How you became involved with Seities?

 

I have a passion for analogue photography, art and dissemination of new ideas, seities fit all the boxes! Also I have seen Seities grow over the years as a magazine that comes from an honest love for the craft and strong community building. When I was asked to join the board of directors, I could not resist.

 

What impact has Seities had on you?

 

It has allowed me to discover great artists all over the world. It has taught me about the power of community and the magic that happens when kindred spirits unite.

 

What is your vision for the future of Seities?

 

I am excited about the future of Seities right this moment. The world has been forced to slow down and there will be more room for analogue photography that is inherently slow art. You have to lower your body frequencies and pay attention to the little details. You can't point and shoot with a 6x10 camera or a cyanotype process. Analogue is very grounding and the world needs lots of grounding right now. Seities will lead the way to photographers that are just discovering the power of analogue.

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Celina Vides

Board Director

I am a Salvadoran - Canadian lover of all things art and interested in advocating for a future where the arts are even more accessible and inclusive.

Why/how you became involved with Seities?

I heard about it through Happenings at Arts Commons and through George Webber. I attended the darkroom classes at SAIT and became fascinated with analog photography.  Sanja came to see our work and we were really delighted to have her visit us and encourage us to submit to Seities. She made sure we knew that people who are just getting started in analog photography could submit as well as people who have been doing this for years. 

What impact has Seities had on you?

Seities is a community and being part of it helped me take even my own work more seriously. I also have met fantastic individuals who love photography and 
I really want a chance to show their work through this publication and lift up the wonderful talent we have in Calgary.


What is your vision for the future of Seities?

As I said in the question above, I really want the chance to lift up the fantastic talent we have. I want Seities to become a physical space where the community gathers. I want to see the publication grow and I want to create educational programs that bring this wonderful artform to classrooms in the city and to anyone and everyone who wants to access it. Ultimately, I want to help showcasethe timeless and beautiful art of analog photography to the world as you have already done since day one. 

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Sanja Lukac (she/her)

Board Director : Executive Director

I am an Artist and Arts Advocate based in Treaty 7 Moh-kíns-tsis and am originally from the former Yugoslavia. 

Why/How you became involved with Seities?

 

My deep appreciation for Analogue and the Artists who work with Traditional/Alternative photographic techniques founded the vision behind SEITIES STUDIO, a Traditional Photographic Gallery + Publication who's mission is to expose, encourage & empower an international community of artists who work with traditional methods of production in photography. I'm so grateful to have met and worked with hundreds of Analogue Photographers through my work with SEITIES, and am grateful to each member of our team over the years who have all been vital to SEITIES development and growth. 

What impact has Seities had on you?

My work with SEITIES has allowed me to experience many opportunities to meet people and see places, and of course great photography. I'm constantly inspired seeing how other artists around the world utilize traditional methods of photography in their contemporary practice and seeing the community support, growth and visibility has been the most impactful.  

 

What is your vision for the future of Seities?

I want to ensure SEITIES is inclusive and accessible to everyone, that we can provide all artists and those curious about photography with the tools and resources to pursue their interest through a Photography Centre where we can offer education, space and artist fees, as well as stimulant local and international arts economies. 

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Kirsten White

Managing Director

I am a born and raised Albertan. I am a Registered Psychologist here in Alberta and have a passion for the experiential therapies to help those struggling with grief, trauma, and eating disorders. I'm a big believer in the healing nature of the arts and the innate creativity that everyone has. I've worked in Theatre and Film (behind the scenes) and still enjoy working on historical clothing construction. I love history. My background also includes administration and numbers. 

Why/How you became involved with Seities?

 

I grew up in a creative and artistic household and at a young age my dad taught me how to process film in the darkroom we had in our home. I've loved photography and have always had an eye for this art form. Nothing felt better than picking up a developed roll of film or watching it emerge in the developer solution. I love it's solitude and quietness. When I met Sanja, I knew she had a passion for photography and I had a dream of opening an art gallery. With my administration background and accounting experience we made the perfect fit to start SEITIES.

 

What impact has Seities had on you?

 

I've met the most amazing and talented human beings, across the globe! That connection is so amazing and rewarding. It's also taught me a lot about running a non-profit. I've never thought that we couldn't do anything or stop us from thinking BIG, but it's also taught me a lot about slowing down and taking time for self-care.

 

What is your vision for the future of Seities?

I've always had a huge ambitions for SEITIES. I want it to be a global hub for analogue photography where we can make this art practice accessible for anyone! I would love to see a big centre where we can have classes, lectures, supplies, a darkroom, a gallery, and bring everyone together. Thinking slowly though... worldwide distribution of SEITIES publications and way more education programming. :) 

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