Meeting Location: Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N 64th St, Scottsdale

Meeting Time: 2:00 p.m

Presenter: Irvin Lightstone

Pursuing his passion over his profession, Irwin Lightstone closed his law practice of 29 years to become a full-time photographer.  From 2010 through 2013, he was a staff photographer, then head of the photography department of the Wilson History and Research Center in Little Rock Arkansas.  Since that time, he has pursued his artistic vision.  Specializing in highly detailed, artistic images of cacti and succulents, Irwin’s images are widely published and collected.  Publications that featured his work include the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Hasseltonia, Sansevieria, To The Point, CactusWorld, and several National Geographic publications. In addition to private workshops and numerous programs for plant societies and photography clubs throughout the country, he’s led workshops and programs sponsored by the Dallas Museum of Art, the International Photography Hall of Fame, The Huntington, the North America Association of Nature Photography, and the CSSA.  Irwin is the longtime President of the North Texas Cactus and Succulent Society.  With the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, he wears several hats: Vice President, Director, and Co-chair of the Conservation Committee.

Irwin lives in Dallas with his wife (Robin), one cat, two cars and more than a few plants.

Presentation: Digital Cactus and Succulent Photography

Whether it’s by cellphone or more traditional camera, we take pictures of the plants we love.  In his program, Irwin provides tips on how to create images with greater visual impact and personal meaning.  At the same time, he will discuss how photography can reinforce the joy, wonder, and appreciation we experience with our hobby.

Pictures below:

  • Haworthia cooperi venusta
  • Ferocactus latispinus
  • Agave potatorum variegata ‘Kissho Kan’
  • Eriosyce flowers