GUEST WRITER: photographic society stars in focus

White Taled Eagle Conflict, taken by a member of Eastwood Photographic Society
White Taled Eagle Conflict, taken by a member of Eastwood Photographic Society

Things are changing so fast these days that it gets harder to keep up.

Some of us are reluctant to change, and yet if we dig our heels in, we face being left behind and labelled as Dinosaurs.

One of the biggest changes to modern life has been digitalisation, especially in the area of photography. Now everyone can own a cheap digital camera without the heavy cost of buying and processing rolls of film.

But does this mean we can now be brilliant photographers? Sadly not!

There is all the difference in the world between taking quick, blurry, snapshots and actually creating wonderful photographic memories, without that intrusive tree growing out of Aunt Maud’s head for instance.

A local group that knows all about this subject is the Eastwood Photographic Society. They have been going continuously since 1952 and now in this digital age, membership is stronger than ever.

On the evening of May 1 they held their annual awards presentation at the Eastwood and District Conservative Club on Church Street.

With all seats taken, President Brian Smith and secretary Roy Walters opened proceedings and began calling winners to the front to receive their plaques and certificates.

After the presentations came a stunning video slideshow, projected onto a big screen to accompanying music. These photographs were the competition entries, showcased in glorious colour, or smoothly portrayed studies of black and white.

Without exception, all were pleasing to the eye and were of a wide variety of subject matter, from astonishing close ups, to exhilarating wildlife scenes, portraits and humour. All were themed with suitable titles and their creator’s names, and there were those listed as highly commended by the judges.

It was staggering to see the original artistry, composition and style that went into these fascinatingcompositions, and still they kept coming up on the screen.

Eastwood can be proud of this society of fine photographers, and the opportunity to view theirwork at libraries or selected exhibitions is not to be missed. Vist for more.