Jul 4 2021
Having been a member of a Photographic Society / Camera Club for many years now I thought I might jot down some thoughts which may be of interest to anyone considering membership.
Photographic Society’s / Clubs have now been operating successfully, and without a great deal of competition since the late 1800s, and I began to wonder what effect the emergence of web sites such as Flickr, Instagram, 500px, Facebook, and many others I may not even heard of might be having on Club membership. Certainly the younger generations seem to do everything on line, and as time passes the older generation are catching up. Social media sites certainly appear to have contributed to a definite long-term downward trend in membership.
When I consider what my motives for being a member of a Club are, my chief reasons would probably be:-
- A desire / curiosity to see and hear about the work of others,
- To gain inspiration from seeing that work,
- Have the opportunity to show and receive feedback about my own work.
- Enjoy the social aspects of interacting with other like-minded people.