|Group leader||Faith Docker|
|Meets||First Tuesday of alternate months|
|Venue||St Joseph’s Church Hall|
Our members have a mix of experience and cameras (SLR, compact system, bridge and compact). Several have computers with image manipulating software. We engage in practical digital photography and are striving to extend the boundaries of our individual photographic comfort zones and to improve our creative picture-making skills by sharing our individual knowledge and expertise, thus learning from each other, whilst at the same time having fun. We engage in an informal programme based on the consensus wishes of the members who participate in the running of the group.
When Covid-19 restrictions forced us to abandon meetings with their social component we continued to operate online. Unfortunately only those members with access to the internet and with email could participate. A monthly theme was selected from a compiled list and each member produced up to six images to that theme in the month. The images produced were presented on a website so that they were accessible to all members, who voted by email and made constructive comment on their favourite image for each other member. The selected images (one for each member) were added to galleries on this main u3a website.
At present we are meeting every other month in person and continuing with online image sharing in the intervening months.
The group is fundamentally non-competitive but has in the past responded to requests to mount exhibitions for a u3a regional forum, a regional day at Denbies, u3a monthly meetings and the AGM. A digital slide-show of the group’s images was used at the u3a’s 25th anniversary event. Photographs and articles by members have appeared in the local u3a Newsletter.