With all the change in the photographic industry, it was perhaps inevitable that we would suffer some unexpected change here in the South Bay Camera Club. And so we have. Our president, Frank Goroszko has resigned his post just two months shy of our next election. The club's constitution stipulates that the vice president becomes the new president. The board of directors voted last week to leave the vice president's position open until the elections in May. That being said,here is the new president's message.
How are the brakes on your car like the camera in your hands? We'll get back to that later.
The South Bay Camera Club has gone through a few years of change. I joined in the middle of it so I don't really know how much there really has been. Some of that change has been embraced and some of it has not. One change is the increase in photographers using digital imaging tools - what film users used to call cameras. With the decline in film usage we have seen a slight decline in film slide competition participation at the club. Not a lot of change but noticeable. The more notable change is in prints. I think we see more prints in club competitions now. The low cost of really good low cost printers has revolutionized the 'dark room'. Perhaps more strikingly, we see different prints than we used to. The creative group is getting better as more and more people experiment with the digital darkroom. See Snehendu Kar's image for example.
Getting back to the change - when we went digital 2 years or more ago, the "word" was that we were loosing sight of photography and getting carried away with gadgets. Well last night at the club print competition I heard for the second or third time a judge from another club say they were interested in how we did it and how do we do it and gee that looks cool. Some change is good. Now that grain and pixels can live together we all ought to go out and take some fabulous photographs. Get going....
Next month - Another viewpoint.
John Bohner - President
Oh yeah the brakes stop your movement along the road. The camera stops your movement through time.