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What Makes a Great Photograph? – An Artist Talk by Delia McCrae

July 29, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nature, landscapes, and the fascinating creatures that inhabit our planet are a primary source for Delia McCrae’s photography.

In this artist talk join her as she takes you on a journey to discover what makes a photograph appealing, and above all, memorable and meaningful for the viewer. She will discuss why she is drawn to some subject matter and how she approaches the subject to get the best picture possible. In addition, the important steps along the way from the moment in time when the photograph is first recorded on the camera to when it becomes a beautiful print hanging on the wall will be discussed.

Photographs will include images from around Vancouver Island, and photos from her travels in other parts of Canada and the world.

Delia McCrae began taking pictures with a family brownie and polaroids, the latest technology in the 60’s. Then her parents gave her an instamatic camera when she travelled from a small Alberta town to the Northwest Territories as a teenager. Later, at Carleton University she learned darkroom skills and as Editor of a small-town newspaper in Northwestern Ontario, she took and developed photographs for the paper. Following a satisfying career teaching languages in Alberta High Schools, she engaged in academic pursuits, became a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria and sought to further develop her artistic interests: music, writing and photography. Delia has participated in local art shows and still enjoys the challenge and thrill of capturing small snippets of life in beautiful photographs.

This talk occurred on July 29, 2021. You can view a recording of the talk below:


July 29, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm