Member Bios

John Larson, FPSA, MPSA

John Larson, FPSA, MPSA

John F. Larson, Jr., FPSA, MPSA Autobiography
Updated October 18, 2020
609 Stoneledge Rd, State College, PA 16803
Jflarson114@gmail.com
jlarson2@scciowa.edu

Since 2004 I have been teaching at Southeastern Community College, mostly Math. I stopped face to face teaching in 2014 and now only teach online. Having recently moved to Pennsylvania I am always looking for opportunities to take pictures at local sports venues. There seem to be an abundance of State Parks which I am now exploring.

For PSA:
Manage the PJ Quarterly Competition
Manage the PJ Study Groups
Manage the PJ Image of the Year Contest
Past Chairman of the PJ Division and Chair of the Nominating Committee

About Me:
I graduated from Valparaiso University in 1966 with a B.S.E.E. degree. I worked for 28 years at General Electric as a Design Engineer and Manager of several groups including assignments in Schenectady, NY, Nashville, TN, Ft. Wayne, IN and Burlington, IA. I then worked as Engineering Systems Manager for Marathon Electric in Wausau, WI for 10 years. After that I "retired" and went to teaching at SCC in Burlington, IA. Two years ago, my wife passed away after a long illness and I am now engaged to be married once this pandemic thing settles down. My fiancé, Carolyn, is also a photographer and member of PSA.




John Clare

John Clare

I'm based in the UK and moved from London to the beautiful countryside of The Cotswolds just before the pandemic locked us all down. The photographic significance of my move is that after shooting street, urbanscapes and people in London, I now have new topics, eg sheep, fields and trees.

I've been taking photographs for more than 40 years with the usual waxing and waning commitment due to work, time, family etc. I've been taking it more seriously for a few years now, and joined a photo club five years ago. I have recently (ie in 2021) started entering PSA and FIAP-approved salons and have had a few acceptances and awards. My photography is pretty eclectic, to the extent that I can't decide which star path to follow...travel, wildlife, colour, mono or photojournalism.

I shoot Leica, which I love, all prime lenses and everything manual.




Group Admin

Debbie Perez

Debbie Perez

Updated bio: I now have a few years under my belt and enjoy the world of photography very much. I'm love tinkering in various softwares we have available to us. Don't live in VA anymore but live with my cat in sometimes sunny FL where I enjoy activities with three different camera clubs. Took early retirement and haven't looked back.




Allen Calopisis

Bio Coming Soon . . .




Priscilla Farrell

Priscilla Farrell

My interest in photography began a number of years ago. However, I lost interest for quite some time. About four years ago, upon retirement, I rekindled my interest. I purchased a digital point and shoot camera, registered for a variety of photography classes and joined a camera club.

Presently I have a Canon Power Shot SX 200 and a Canon Rebel SXi. Lenses include a Canon 18-55 and a Tamron 18-270. I particularly like architectural, nature/landscape and travel photography. In the past it has been my thought to “get it right” in the camera. Although I still honor that viewpoint my opinion has changed in regard to post production. I am presently enrolled in a Photoshop Elements class. I am looking forward to being part of a PSA Study Group.




Shaikh Amin, FPSA, GMPSA

Shaikh Amin, FPSA, GMPSA

FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP/b,FCAPA, ASIIPC, HON.FICS HON.FPSG, SAWIEP,SEHKCPAC,GAL.7(CPID),GAL.2(PT)

Shaikh Amin started his photography career in 1965 after receiving a diploma from the New York Institute of Photography. He served in different positions in the Photo Unit of Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) and retired as Chief Photographer in 1985. After retiring, Aramco hired him as a consulting photographer for 10 years (1985-1994). While it was not a regular job, it involved special projects, such as preparing Annual Reports of Operations which were presented to the Saudi Government every year.

Shaikh Amin, a PSA member for 44 years, has received many medals, honors and certificates for his photographic achievements during this period. These include 52 gold medals from different Int’l Salons and Exhibitions and 3 awards from the United Nations. He also won 2nd place in color photography at the 1976 International Industrial Photography Competition in New York.ew York.

In recognition of excellence and achievement in his field, Shaikh Amin:
Was elected APSA in 1994
Received Speaker’s award 1996
Awarded Associateship (ASIIPC) from India 1997
Awarded PSA Service Gold Medal 1997 at 59th PSA Conference
Awarded Certificate of Excellence (EFIAP) 1998 from FIAP, Luxembourg
Was honored Fellowship( FPSA) 2000
Was honored Proficiency(PPSA) 2000
Speaker’s award for ‘Best of Pakistan’ 2000
Awarded Prize of Excellence 2001 UNESCO (Accu)
Was honored HON. FICS 2002 from Image Colleague Society Int’l Ltd USA
Received Galaxy Award (1st) 2004 ( in Color Slide Div.)
Received Galaxy Award (2nd) 2006 (Color Slide mDiv.)
Received Galaxy Award (3rd) 2010 (CPID)
Was honored Excellence (EPSA) 2010
Awarded Maple (MCAPA) in 2008
Awarded Associate(ACAPA) in 2009
Was honoured Fellowship (FCAPA) in 2010
Awarded certificate of Excellence/Bronze(EFIAP/b) 2010 from FIAP, Luxembourg

Shaikh Amin is a PSA Int’l Rep. (IR) in Pakistan from 1995 till to date. He gave his photographic services voluntarily to Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) for 8 years in preparation of yearly prospectus and other publications. He is also giving similar voluntary service to University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (UAJK) , Fauji Foundation University (FFU), Tameer-e-Millat Foundation (TMF), in preparation of yearly prospectus and other publications. He is also a vice president of Islamabad Camera Club.

Shaikh Amin, who holds three diplomas in Photography from USA and Switzerland, resides in Islamabad with his family but frequently travels to shoot pictures and presents his digital photography work. He also has honor of judging many International Photography Exhibitions over the last 10 years.




David Garrison

I grew up in southeastern Illinois and became a physician with a life long interest in photography. Since retirement, the hobby of photography and its study has filled much of my time. I'm now an officer in the Naples Camera Club and have been a PSA member for a few years but not active until now. I attended my first PSA convention this fall. I enjoy landscape and wildlife subjects and so far don't do many "people" pictures. I hope to upgrade my photo abilities by being in this group.