Photography by Camera Club on exhibit at TBAC Gallery

Courtesy Photo Members of the ALL Camera Club are exhibiting their work at Thunder Bay Arts Council Gallery during the months of November and December.

Thunder Bay Arts Council and Gallery presents the ALL (Association of Lifelong Learners) Camera Club as featured artists for the months of November and December. An Open House in their honor is planned Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the gallery, located at 127 W. Chisholm.

ALL’s Focused on Fun Camera Club grew from an ALL program held in May 2011, where several ALL members attended a presentation by Susan Lawless, an Ann Arbor artist/photographer. Lawless has exhibited her photography at juried shows and at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

The original program was called “If You Can’t Go on Safari-Photograph at Home” and focused on learning to take photographs wherever you find yourself and with whatever camera equipment is available – not waiting for an exotic location or some fancy equipment.

During the initial program, attendees expressed interest in having a monthly photography meeting and these began in June 2011 with Coordinator Ray Zielinski. Lawless visited from Ann Arbor whenever possible to present various photography topics.

The ALL Camera Club continues to meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the ACC Madeline Briggs Center. Meetings are open to the public and free of charge. Photographers of all levels of expertise are invited to take part.

Members range from beginners to professionals with varying degrees of photographic experience.

A variety of topics have been presented to the club. Examples include learning about perspective, copyright law, lighting, art theory, comparison of camera equipment and basic digital camera settings.

Each month there is a photo topic and members can share their photographs if they wish or they may simply enjoy viewing photographs taken by others.

At least once a year the club takes a “photo safari” in the local area where members can share photographic techniques and compare shots.

There are over 30 members in the club who attend as often as they wish. Numbers vary at any given meeting with the norm being around 10 to 15 people at each monthly meeting.

Members of the club have had photo expositions at the Besser Museum and appreciate the opportunity to have their works shown at the TBAC Gallery.

Friday’s reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.