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Photography Café

Welcoming New Members!

We are a friendly group of area photographers getting together to share our common interest in photography and photographic art. 

Who we are: Center for the Arts (CFA) Photography Café was established in 2019 as a venue for those interested in photography to share their knowledge and advance their craft through regular meetings, whether in-person or virtually.

When/where we meet: The group meets on the second Thursday of each month starting at 6pm. Meetings take place at the Tracy Library in New London, virtually via Zoom, a location for photo shoots, or one of the member’s homes (to be announced well in advance). Occasionally, members meet at other times and locations such as for photo walks when we want to explore new areas conducive to picture-taking.

What we do: While one can learn a lot about photography by watching online videos (i.e., YouTube) and attending classes and workshops, meeting regularly with like-minded photographers gives everyone an ongoing outlet for their questions about any aspect of photography. We all learn from each other in an informal and friendly setting. During our regular meetings, group members share some of their recent work, and offer it up for discussion. We often work together on special “challenges” such as shooting in black and white, creating “minimalist” images, and setting up and photographing still life, seasonal images, and so on. We also discuss composition, matting and framing, upcoming exhibit opportunities, photography equipment, software, printing, and more. The goal is to keep learning, sharing, and enjoying the company of others with similar interests. 

Venues for shows and sales: As a member of the CFA and Photography Café, many opportunities are available to exhibit and sell your work. Examples include the many microgalleries, annual member shows, and other venues such as Naturally New England at Sunapee Harbor and Arts on the Green.

What’s the cost: Membership in the Photography Café is free of charge to current members of CFA. If you are interested in joining or want more information, please email Jay Fitzpatrick using or call (603) 455-6595. Regular emails are sent to those interested in advance of upcoming meetings.

July 2024 Meeting Update:

Our monthly meeting of the Center for the Arts Photography Café will take place on Thursday, July 11, at the Tracy Library starting at 6 p.m.

We’ll start the meeting with an experiment – trying to photograph swirling liquids. We’ll bring in a pot or two of coffee and some half-and-half, and clear containers (glass coffee cup, vase, etc.). Also we’ll try photographing food coloring dropped into water or milk, or both. What do you think we can come up with? What challenges do you anticipate? If you want to try it out, please consider bringing some of your own liquids and containers using your own creative ideas. Also bring, of course, your camera, flash if you have one and a tripod (useful by not required). We need to be careful not to make any mess, so I’ll bring plastic table cloths and a dump pail.

To start a thought process, you might want to check out this video:

Creating INCREDIBLE abstract photography using milk, paint and oil. (

We’ll do a photo share after that, so please bring in some images on a thumb drive to share and discuss, or prints, framed or unframed, for discussion purposes.

FYI, if you prefer, you don't need to participate in any of the above activities, so you can feel free to just sit back and observe.

Also, those with photos from the Precision Museum – reminder to bring whichever one(s) you want to donate to the museum.

Finally…the good news is (FINALLY) the headshots that we took of Sean HAVE REAPPEARED from the bowels of my computer (thanks to the computer wizard, York Xavier), and they came out well. If we have time (not sure), I’ll share the best of them, and move them onto a disc or thumb drive for our very patient model, Sean. Thanks much to Lindsay and Tom for their preparation and their work with the head shots.

Hope to see you on Thursday. Let me know if you have questions.


Jay Fitzpatrick

For the Center for the Arts Photography Café

April 2024 Meeting Update:

Hello gang:


Below is the link for next Tuesday's (4/30) Zoom meeting. As mentioned, I will be on the west coast but SHOULD be able to run the Zoom from there, with my old travel laptop. Please have some of your images ready for sharing and discussing, and/or share any tip or photo suggestion that we can all learn from.


I plan on launching the meeting as always. If for some unforeseen reason I can't connect from that location by 6:30, please feel free to exit the zoom waiting room and look to reconvene again on May 14, same time, Zoom link to be supplied. 


Jay Fitzpatrick is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Central NH Photographers Group Zoom 4/30 @6:30
Time: Apr 30, 2024 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Hope you are well and enjoying the start of spring

March 2024 Meeting Update:

It’ll be awhile until our next scheduled meeting (March 14) so I thought I’d provide an update to help us get ready for that meeting, and our field trip on the following day (15th).

First, six of us had a fun day photographing old production machinery at the American Precision Museum on Feb. 9 and lunching at Harpoon Brewery. Bill initiated a discussion with museum staff about the possibility of displaying some of our photographs at the museum. They have agreed to provide display panels and give us the opportunity to hang photos for sale for three months starting April 1.

Although final details are still being worked out, it looks like each participant will have the ability to fill a 2-foot-wide by 6-foot-high panel with their own photographs, and each participant can decide how to fill that space. So for those who went, consider selecting a handful of your best photos from that day for viewing and discussion at our meeting on March 14, and get ready to print and frame them so they can be delivered to the museum prior to April 1. Fyi, the museum will keep 40% of any sale, an important consideration when pricing. More details will be discussed at our next meeting. Thanks to Bill Balsam for setting up our visit to the museum and the opportunity to display photos there.

On March 15, we will meet at the Tracy Library parking lot at 8:30 p.m. and car pool to the Addison Gallery at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. to view two photography exhibits:

  • Robert Frank and Todd Webb: Across America, 1955, and

  • A Long Arc: Photography and the American South Since 1845. We'll grab some lunch before heading home.

Those are the things we’re looking forward to in the next couple of months.

Hope to see you on the second Thursday of March at 6 p.m. at the Tracy Library for our next meeting.

Sample of 2023 December Meeting Updates

On Dec. 14, the CFA’s Photography Café met at the Tracy Library. Guest presenter Harry Lichtman from Newmarket NH joined us via Zoom and we had an opportunity to view a series of his landscape photographs and hear his take on composition and camera settings. We also viewed a variety of entries into the 2023 Natural Landscape Photography Contest, including Harry’s award-winning “Tempest” photograph, taken in the North Country of NH.

As discussed earlier, we have plans for several field trips and group photo opportunities in 2024, in addition to our regular monthly meetings at the library.  We are planning a trip on Jan. 5 to view the members’ exhibit, “Winter Solstice,” at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, MA. For those not familiar with the Museum, it is dedicated exclusively to photographic art and it houses four separate galleries.  Bill Balsam from our group is a member and has a photograph in the exhibit.


We will be meeting at 10 a.m. at the Tracy Library parking lot (across from the bank), and arranging a car pool before heading out. The museum opens at 12 noon and it should take about two hours to get there. We’ll visit the museum then get a bite to eat at a nearby sandwich shop, then take a quick look at the Griffin’s remote gallery down the street, then head back to New London. FYI, admission to the museum is $9 for adults, $5 for seniors.

It would be helpful if you let me know if you intend to join us, so we can pre-plan a car pool. Email me at if you plan to attend or if you have questions. Or simply show up Jan. 5 at 10 a.m.

For future reference, on Feb. 9 we will be going to the Precision Museum in Windsor, VT. for a photo shoot. More info to come.

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