Our mission is to develop fine art photography in the Tampa Bay area through collaboration, education, and exhibition. Working together with talented photographers around Tampa Bay, we can create a permanent footprint and mark this moment in history with our creativity, skill, and unique perspectives.
All members, artists, and photographers who want to explore fine art are invited to attend our monthly meetings. Our meetings are routinely every second Wednesday of the month – unless otherwise rescheduled.
First time visitors who come to a monthly meeting are oftentimes surprised at how different our emphasis is. Steering clear from discussions about equipment or the latest lighting techniques, society members spend time collaborating around artistic concepts that set the technical aspects of photography aside for a few moments. We focus on sharing information, discussing personal insights, exchanging knowledge and art philosophy, and challenging each other to continually pursue education in what fine art is historically.
During our monthly meetings, the time we spend reviewing each other’s art work is invaluable. This segment of our meetings is clearly the most engaging part of our meetings. Members submit up to 4 works prior to the meetings and everyone in attendance reviews each work. The discussion is focused on critical discussions, which encompasses description, interpretation, composition, and technique. All those in attendance are encouraged to share their insights and ask questions of the artists present. Artists are also given an opportunity to explain their intention and technique if they so choose.
Probably the most important dynamic in our society is that everyone has a deep desire to see everyone else succeed. We are not a group for know-it-alls or show-boars. We work hard to maintain an environment where everyone can feel supported and safe to explore without judgment. When our artists sell art, we celebrate it. As we all grow, we acknowledge it. When we exhibit, we commemorate it.
TBSoPA is a nonprofit corporation in the State of Florida. Our artists build relationships together through their mutual interest to collaborate in unity and an entrepreneurial spirit.