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Is the Glass half full or half empty?

The first of March marks the beginning of the Society’s fiscal year and along with it, the term of the new board members and officers. As I begin my term as President, I find myself both excited and terrified. In an effort to focus on the positive, I wanted to share a story that depicts a different way to look at the old question of whether the glass is half full or half empty.

In this story the protagonists were artists and scientist. The glass question was asked to the group of the “enlightened” characters, and the answer they provided was one that pleasantly surprised me: “The glass is always full, whether it is liquid, air or any other substance, the interior of the glass will always be full of something”.

That is an excellent way to look at it, and if we were to apply that method of thinking to other situations in our lives, perhaps we could achieve a more amicable conclusion to some of the dilemmas that challenge us, including relationships.

The American Society of photographers was formed in 1937 for the purpose of fellowship and the exchange of ideas. The Fellowship degree was created on 1970 to encourage Masters of Photography to continue to exhibit after receiving their degrees. This served as an incentive to continue to enter image competition and pursue a new goal above the Master degree.

Because of the influx of Photographic Craftsmen in the Society, in 1983 the first Associates were awarded. This honor was to reward those who had achieved distinction through service, not as a result of photographic entries. This is an ever-growing segment of the Society.

New degree recipients often ask: What is the benefit of being a member? What’s in it for me? I may never pursue the Fellowship or Educational Associate degrees!

Well my friends, like in most things in life, you get out of it what you invest in it.  President John F. Kennedy once said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.  Conversely, on the lyrics of the last song of the last record of the Beatles, Paul McCartney sings: “And in the end, the Love you take is equal to the Love… you make”.

Were these folks looking at the glass being half full or half empty?

If you have an idea on how to improve the Society, by all means please let us know. My virtual door is always open. I summon all ASP members to join us in the preservation and the betterment of the Society, as I believe that it has never been more relevant in it’s 81 years of existence. 

In closing, just a reminder: We have a trip planned to New Mexico in the fall that includes visits to Carlsbad Cavers, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch and more. You do not have to be a member to attend. What a great opportunity to hang out with a bunch of overachievers and make some loan images along the way. Sign up soon as the space is limited. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!


Gabriel Alonso, President

American Society of Photographers