To celebrate the Williamstown Camera Club’s 50th birthday, the club will present an exhibition of their members’ photographs during the month of July at the Gallery at the Williamstown Library. Members will be exhibiting their favourite photographs and each image will be accompanied with a portrait of the photographer and a description of their chosen image.
The exhibition is free and runs from 1-31 July 2015. All members of the community are welcome to view the exhibition and learn more about the clubs activities.
The exhibition will be launched on Saturday, 4th July by Hobsons Bay Mayor Colleen Gates and original club founder, Trevor Young. This exhibition has been made possible by a grant from Hobsons Bay City Council.
The club has nearly one hundred active members drawn from suburbs spanning Williamstown, Wyndhamvale, Keilor East and Pascoe Vale.
The Williamstown Camera Club (WCC) was formed in 1965 by Trevor Young. Trevor now resides in Maryborough Victoria and at the ripe old age of eighty-nine remains a life member of the Williamstown Camera Club. He has passed on his love of photography to his children who are also keen photographers.
According to Trevor, the camera club originally evolved amongst the workers at the Naval Dockyard Williamstown but folded due to a lack of interest. Trevor then put an ad in the Williamstown Advertiser calling on interested people to join up. From this point onwards the club has gone from strength to strength to its current membership. Trevor will be returning to Williamstown to be the guest of honour at the club’s official launch of the exhibition.
With almost 100 active members of varying ages and background, WCC is a friendly and welcoming club. Meetings are held twice a month and there is a range of activities conducted throughout the year. These include weekends away, various hands-on workshops and topic specific competitions. Throughout the history of the club members have been encouraged to enter photographic competitions with guest judges often commenting on the ‘welcoming and friendly’ atmosphere of the club.
The club has many long term members, including Neil Anderson, Margaret Turner, and Joan and Ron Bates, who have been in the club for three or four decades. Joan was given a life membership to recognise all the work she has done for the club.
Over the years the club has moved locations a number of times from its inaugural meeting held at the Welsh Presbyterian Church Hall, Ferguson Street, Williamstown with 36 members attending. The venue changed to the Methodist Church Hall, Pascoe Street and later re-located to a newly renovated building in Electra Street, Williamstown. Later again, it moved to Joan Kirner House in Thompson Street Williamstown. But with the rising popularity of digital photography membership has grown further over the past 4 years and the club has moved to bigger rooms at Walker Close, Altona North.
The Williamstown Camera Club is an affiliate of the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies (VAPS). The club meets twice a month at Walker Close Community Centre, 180 Millers Road, Altona North.
The Williamstown Camera Club welcomes all members of the public who have a passion for photography.
Come along to one of the meetings as a guest. You might just be a member for the next 50 years!
Trevor Young with one of his photographs. (Photo by James Troi)
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By Cathy Buchanan - 2nd January, 2015 filed in Cool Stuff
It's thistle time. Check out the local empty blocks
and paddocks for loads of thistles full of pollen and bees. Kororoit
Creek Road has a stack of them near Grieve Parade. Guaranteed bees, bees
and more bees. If you're like me and want to pinch a few to take home,
use secatuers and some really thick gloves as they have some mean barbs
What about a new start for the new year? Why not a 365 project? A photo a day for the rest of the year.
Last night was our end of years awards night and party night. Over the last year we have had a terrific selection of photos put into our competitions. Each year sees the quality getting better and better. Just goes to show that we can all keep learning and improving.
A few members (12) arrived in Bright and headed off to have dinner at the local pub, after sampling the local parma (alpine) full tummies and left overs for breakfast. Some went home to bed after finding out the Myrtleford show was on Saturday. A few dedicated souls went off in search of a good position for night photography of stars.
After a relaxing breakfast, a few went to Wandillong and the rest headed off to the Myrtleford Show, touted on a website as follows - Fun family day with events including; wood chop events, cattle and horse events, arts and craft, photography exhibition and competition, horticulture, rides, entertainment, showbags, animal nursery and much more.
The Show was small, but there were lots of photo opportunities. The official part of the weekend started at 2:00 pm meeting at the Visitors Centre and our photography guide for the weekend – Christian Jemison. 22 members attended. The program for the rest of Saturday was 3 gardens and sunset down by the river. 2 gardens were part of the Open Garden Program and all were full of colour, loads of fun with your Macro lens. Late afternoon we headed off to the other side of Bright and down to the river. We spread out, finding different vistas that took our eye. Sunset turned into something spectacular. Even the view from the hotel balcony was stunning. Dinner on Saturday night at the local pizza joint, saw a few members enjoy the nectar of the local fruit and discuss the day’s events.
Only the die hard photographers in the group got up at 4:30 am and headed up to Mt. Buffalo for sunrise, which was lovely. After breakfast, we were back at a local garden and then headed off to a creek at the base of Mt. Buffalo. Just before lunch most members started the trek back to suburbia and left the tranquil Ovens Valley.
As you can see from the photo gallery, members enjoyed themselves and if you have been considering coming but think “I’ll be by myself”, that’s not the case, everyone is welcomed, helped if necessary with settings and given the opportunity to meet and get to know other members in a social setting.