Let's focus on the facts, shall we? The Memphis Camera Club has been in existence for more than 70 years. The club has more than 100 members. On the first Thursday of the month, they hold a competition; on the second Thursday, they have a Photoshop class; and on the third Thursday, they have a speaker. And another thing: On Friday, April 11th, they're having an opening reception at Christian Brothers University for "Places We've Been," an exhibit of photos taken by members on club field trips.
Among those places that club members have been are the Buffalo River and Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas, Reelfoot Lake, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to club president Barry Siegel, the photos in the show were chosen to give viewers a look at the entire site, so there aren't 10 shots of trees in the water of Reelfoot Lake or the same Smoky Mountain peak taken from various angles. Being held concurrently with "Places We've Been" is the club's annual competition, featuring the best work by members; those photos will be evaluated by a panel of outside judges.
Perhaps there are two factors behind the longevity of the Memphis Camera Club: 1) the members' willingness to adapt and embrace the digital revolution and 2) the simple egalitarianism of the hobby. Says Siegel, "Almost everybody enjoys taking pictures."
"Places We've Been" opening reception is Friday, April 11th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery in the Plough Memorial Library at Christian Brothers University. The show runs through May 22nd. For more information on the Memphis Camera Club, go to memphiscameraclub.org.