Committee chairpersons and members are appointed as necessary by the board.
Tom Myers President
Tom Myers received a B.S. in Entomology at Purdue University. His graduate work was in Entomology and Insect Pest Management at Iowa State University. His research has been published in Scientific Journals and Industry Trade Magazines. He is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences, training courses, university classrooms and seminars. Tom has made hundreds of presentations to local school groups, scout troops, civic groups and other professional groups.
Tom Myers is a Board Certified Entomologist and president of All Rite Pest Control. Tom and All Rite have worked with the University of Kentucky in research programs in termites, mosquito control and bed bugs. His early work in bio-diversity studies took him to the rain forests of South America, Africa and Asia. His more recent work has included travel to the Polar Regions at both ends of the earth to look at endangered species and habitats in these areas. He is a photographer and has traveled to all seven continents to document our world and the people and wildlife in it. Tom’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, calendars, newspapers, textbooks, TV broadcasts and scientific guides. His images have won both local and international honors.
Parham Baker Vice President
I started in photography when I was in Junior High, with a makeshift darkroom in the utility room processing primarily black and white and learning to dodge and burn with my black and white enlarger.
Most of my years have been spent in the computer software industry, so when the digital photography age arrived, I was excited… once I had time to start delving into it.
I shoot Canon equipment and am fairly fluent in Photoshop and numerous plugins and addons. I have a small, DIY studio and enjoy doing still life but my passion is nature photography.
I occasionally put together somewhat impromptu shoots at Jacobson park for sunsets or the arboretum. I am also a member of several other camera clubs where I often conduct brief presentations on different aspects of photography. I’m always happy to answer and questions or provide assistance to anyone, as others in the club have for me.
Donna Farmer Newsletter Editor
Donna Booth Farmer hung up her professional marketing hat at a high tech corporation and took to running, no, leaping with joy in pursuit of her true passion – that of a documentary and fine art photographer. “I decided to do what I love the most and what I find most interesting, even if it’s more risky. It’s never too late to pursue one’s passion. I know – because I’m living it!”
Rewind. Donna fell in love with photography during her pursuit of a journalism degree from the University of Kentucky. While there, she studied photojournalism under the late Ralph Johnson (1988 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame) and Alen Malott (currently photo editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer). Under the tutelage of Malott, Donna learned how to shoot with a 35mm camera for the first time. But it was the darkroom that got her hooked — black and white film developing and dark room printing.
“I went to journalism school because of a natural curiosity that I have about my surroundings, especially people, and the desire to write stories. I discovered that same curiosity behind the camera and the same desire to tell the story with images. The photography lab provided the icing on the cake. I didn’t expect the creative thrill – it was almost a rush – that I got from the process of shooting an image to making a print.
While photography was always a means of personal expression and a camera typically at her fingertips, Donna’s professional marketing career provided opportunities for creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers as well as managing customer and agency relationships. Her professional experience plays an important role in developing her passion for photography into a meaningful new career.
The result is her company, VisionCreative LLC – www.visioncreativegallery.com.
Donna lives in the bucolic village of Midway, Kentucky with her husband and three ornery felines.
Ken is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and Case Western Reserve University’s Neurology program. He practiced for over 30 years in Central Kentucky as a Board Certified Neurologist. His interest in photography began shortly after he married, but he never developed a unique style or voice. He did not feel the need intensely and loves that there are so many techniques available to photographers today. So every few weeks or months he changes to a new interest like B&W or Macro. He credits his time in the Creative Camera Club for the majority of his growth as a photographer.
When interviewed for the job of club treasurer he was asked only one question,”Can you count?”, and fortunately was then and still is able to give the correct answer.
John Snell Past President
After a computing career spanning nearly 30 years, John W. Snell shifted his focus to photography. He is very much in his element while toting 30 pounds of camera gear and trekking around Kentucky’s Red River Gorge or other equally photogenic venues in the Smokies, North Carolina and West Virginia that are within easy driving distance. He also enjoys photographing cityscapes and thoroughbred horse racing. This award-winning photographer’s style is characterized by saturated colors and he attempts to represent his subjects in ways that evoke smiles of wonder from those viewing his work.
John’s work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Popular PhotographyandKeenelandmagazines, TIME books, McGraw-Hill books, as well as numerous local publications. His Red River Gorge, The Eloquent Landscape, a 168-page coffee table book of photographs, was introduced in late 2006 and is quickly went into a second printing. Nearly 100 of his photographs grace the pages of Through the Eyes of Lincoln, A Modern Photographic Journey, which was released in April, 2008.
John’s images are marketed through galleries and gift shops throughout Kentucky. He also sells his work at art fairs throughout the region. Corporate buyers of his work include Kentucky American Water Company, Norton Brownsboro Hospital (Louisville, KY) and Eli Lily (Indianapolis, IN). His photographs are displayed in hotels, hospitals and other public and private venues throughout the country. In addition, he conducts photographic workshops and provides digital printing services for other artists and photographers.
A native Kentuckian, he resides in Lexington with his wife, Anne. Visit his website atwww.johnsnellphoto.com or call him at (859) 254-1929 to make an appointment to visit his Lexington gallery.
Darrell Gilbert Director
Jack McKinney is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (BS EE ’64) and Akron University (MS EE ’68.) In a 50 year carrier, he has a number of publications on semiconductor chip design and software development, in addition to 2 patents. He has lived in Lexington since 1975 with his wife Jan. His interest in photography starts in 1968 with the purchase of a Minolta SLR and this blended nicely with professional work in semiconductor photo-lithographic processing. Photographic interests include Macro, Flowers, and Landscapes. Membership in the Creative Camera Club has provided an opportunity to develop an artistic sens that makes use his technical understanding of the photographic processes.