I spent a cracking evening yesterday visiting my old camera club in Richmond.
We were entertained by a photographer showing his work from the past 6 years. All beautiful images all beautifully presented and with a lighthearted but informative commentary. It was great to listen to someone who loved his art with a passion explaining how he had arrived at this particular point in his photographic life and how he looked forward to expanding his horizons.
The audience consisted of photographers of all levels, beginners to three or four FRPS's, with everyone joining in. Everyone learned something from the evening. The beginners by seeing what can be achieved by being presented with a range of subject matter, lighting conditions and image presentation, the old hands by seeing that compositional rules can be ignored to great effect.
The club notice board was packed with informaion about the different groups that exist within the club and news about local and national events. There was a photographic "buzz" around the place.
That's camera club life as I remembered it from way back, and it was pleasing to see the same ethos yesterday, so much so I re-applied for membership.