In the Herald - Through the lens of productive year

Date Published 
Wed 16 Feb 2022

As we approach the end of the winter season at Irvine Camera Club and we start to look forward to warmer and longer spring days, I thought it would be good to look back at some of the fantastic work that has been produced by our talented members over the last year.

I have been browsing through the club’s archives and picking out some hidden gems.  In our regular competitions there can only ever be a relatively small selection of images that are chosen for the top accolades by our judges.  Those are the photos that I typically feature every week in this column.  However, we have a much broader depth of work that doesn’t always see the light of day.

This week I have done a deep dive and uncovered some images that I particularly enjoy but that perhaps haven’t previously received the recognition that they deserve.

The breadth of subject matter and styles demonstrated by all of the club’s members is great to see.  I often say to people who are just getting into photography as a serious hobby that the best thing they can do is to photograph a subject that really means something to them.

Good photography conveys ideas and emotions.  I strongly believe that if you are taking pictures of something, or someone, that really matters to you, then your connection and emotional response to that subject will shine through in your photography. 

The term “mindfulness” is becoming a bit of fad these days but really it is a very simple concept.  It’s just about giving yourself time, without distractions, to explore your emotional reaction to something.  That is particularly important with visual art.  In a world of countless screens and relentless streams of imagery, we rarely stop and actually look.

I hope you enjoy this small selection of our work and that, as well as appreciating what our talented photographers are showing you, you also take some time to think about how you are emotionally responding to each photo.

You can find all the details about Irvine Camera Club on our website Until next week, take care and enjoy the light.