Celebrating 125 years

I’ve been working with a few others for the last few months on getting things ready for the 125th anniversary of the Dunedin Photographic Society.  It’s very cool to be part of something that has been around for so long.

The Society started in March 1890 when a small group of enthusiastic photographers got together with the intention of encouraging amateur pictorial photography.  Today, 125 years later, the group is larger and more diverse, but the intent of fostering enthusiastic photographers continues.

As part of the anniversary weekend we organised an exhibition.  It includes a selection of old photos from the Hocken Library and a selection of mini exhibitions from current members.  It was quite hard to chose what to exhibit in my mini collection, but in the end I went with 4 “street” photos.

We also organised a official opening of the exhibition for members, a dinner and a photowalk.  The photowalk included a visit to the old Dunedin Prison (wouldn’t like to have been stuck in there!) and a wander around the Vogel St area.

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Evening Rush

Evening Rush by mjm_nz
Evening Rush, a photo by mjm_nz on Flickr.

This print, and three others of mine, are currently on display in the Dunedin Community Art Gallery as part of 44th Dunedin Festival of Photography Exhibition www.dps.org.nz/

The exhibition is free and is open this week 10-4pm, closing at 2pm on Sunday.  I’ll be on the desk Wed 4-6pm and Friday 10-12noon if you want to come and say hi 🙂

Five on 5 – May

Today it was pouring!  My photography club had one of our monthly photowalks planned, and I have to admit that I headed off in the rain hoping that no one else would turn up.  However there were three other (fool?)hardy souls there and so we headed off for a walk along the harbour.  At first it wasn’t that bad, but then the rain really set in.  We didn’t make it very far along the walkway – just as far as the statue of the dog keeping an eye out over the harbour.  We took a few photos and decided to shelter among the trees and wait to capture a few shots of the big ship to be towed out to sea.  With that the rain really started to get heavy, so it was a brisk walk back to the stadium cafe for the usual drink and chat to end the photowalk.

Despite getting saturated, it was a fun morning and I have this month’s Five on 5 to prove it.

Success!

Last night was our club Summer Slide Exhibition.  Members can enter up to 6 digital images in each of the Open and Nature sections to be judged and selected for exhibition.  This year’s Summer Slide Exhibition was judged by Barry Smith from Christchurch and he was at the club last night to deliver his critique of the accepted images in person, which was great.

I have not really got into Nature photography, so I entered 6 in the Open section and was pleased to have three acceptances and one Honours.  It was great to get feedback from Barry and others in the club after the exhibition.  My images are above, and I’ll post a link to the full exhibition once it’s available online.