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Photo club invites members

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Submitted to the Optic

Photographers naturally flock together. Members of the Meadow City Camera Club in Las Vegas get together and shoot favorite scenes, then talk about the best way to process and print the results.

They exchange ideas and inspire one another. Although most photograph digitally, now members produce innovative work in film, using old cameras or even rejuvenated Polaroids.

The club’s most important activities are photo expeditions — to Bean Day, Fort Union, Editha Bartley’s ranch, Valle Vidal, to the motorcycle rally and Fiestas. A group of photographers can treat one subject in many ways.

Expeditions have often led to exhibitions. The first, at the Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation for Heritage Week in 2008, featured photos of Fort Union. Some photos still hang in the video room at the fort.

Heritage Week has become an annual exhibit for MCCC, covering themes of Fort Union, the Sacred Places of San Miguel County, the rivers and droughts of San Miguel County, the buildings of Las Vegas, and landscapes of San Miguel County.

One year, the group published a book of photographs of its Sacred Places exhibit of photos of the churches, cemeteries and shrines of San Miguel county. Copies may be seen at LVCCHP. This year, the exhibit runs through the first week of December at El Fidel restaurant. It features individual bodies of work united by the theme of “Points of Departure.”  

The club also organizes occasional “Fests,” delving into issues in digital photography. “Pixel fest” sorted out questions of resolution and enlarging digital photos. “Sharp fest” covered the art of sharpening digital photographs.

A group of members with a special interest in black-and-white digital photography, spent the summer of 2012 in a workshop investigating the processing and printing of black and white images. The outcome was a successful exhibit at the Las Vegas Arts Council on its annual Heritage Week theme of “Land as Legacy.”

The group welcomes new members. It meets periodically and combines a dinner with meetings showing members’ work, planning an exhibit or going on expeditions.

The camera club asks interested persons to the members at the exhibit of “Points of Departure” and at the artists’ reception on Nov. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m., at El Fidel.

Contact Martha McCaffrey at mmccaffrey@bmi.net.