Members of the Hibiscus Coast Photographic Club have a busy month ahead as they prepare for two local exhibitions that are part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.
Around 40 images by around a dozen of the club’s top photographers will feature in an exhibition at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa (June 5-July 1) and there will be even more photos on display – around 70 – at Whangaparaoa Library (June 4-17).
The club has its 10th birthday next month, and currently has more than 80 members.
President Roger Shearer says there have been some recent standout successes. At the NZ Photographic Society National Exhibition recently, two members received Bronze Medals for nature images and one, Brian Eastwood, received a Gold Medal for a landscape called ‘Ancient Forests’. Brian also won a bronze medal for the same image in the International Pano Awards.
Roger says that while individual members have exhibited at Estuary Arts Centre before, it’s the first time the club has done so as a group.
Running alongside the Estuary Arts exhibition will be photography workshops by Lloyd Jenkins on buying your first digital camera, and by Sue Riach on using your cellphone for photography.
Member Bas Cuthbert, who is leading the team that is organising the Estuary Arts show, has been taking photos since 1960. In fact, he still has the fully manual Nikon F he used back in those days.
“You sent the film away for processing and had to wait up to a month sometimes to get it back,” he says. “The colour film had to go to America or Australia.”
Things couldn’t be more different in the digital age and it’s something that Bas has fully embraced.
“The quality of the digital images in colour and resolution is outstanding now,” he says.
“Every shot used to be precious because you would go on a shoot with a limited amount of film. Now I can shoot off 30 frames and pick the best one. It makes things I enjoy, such as photographing birds, so much easier.”
For more info about both exhibitions, see What’s On.