Photographers celebrate anniversary

PHOTOGRAPHERS in Felixstowe are marking the diamond anniversary of their club with a special exhibition of their work.

PHOTOGRAPHERS in Felixstowe are marking the diamond anniversary of their club with a special exhibition of their work.

It is 60 years ago since a group of keen amateur photographers got together in the Millars pub on the seafront and agreed to set up the Felixstowe Photographic Society.

Today the club is still thriving - offering young and old, and those in between, the chance to sharpen their skills and learn more about the art.

Throughout the autumn, winter and spring the group meets regularly for lectures, practical evenings, to see showcases of pictures, and for digital imaging sessions to learn more about the pitfalls and joys of the latest changes to photography.

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Mayor Mike Deacon opened the 60th anniversary exhibition, More than 150 images from around the area and much further afield formed the display, along with slides and digital photos created with the help of computers.

Images on display at the exhibition included a wide variety of subjects - colourful and striking pictures that capture life at home and abroad, landscapes, animals and people.

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In addition, there was an exhibition of photographic equipment from yesteryear.

Society president George Buxton said “Since the start of the society in 1948, members have said how much photographic equipment and techniques have changed beyond recognition from those early years.

“As well as remembering the techniques we learned in the dark room, we are also looking to the future of digital photography, which has developed rapidly over the last ten years.”

The society's first meeting of the new season will be on Thursday September 11 at 7.30pm at Broadway House, senior citizens' centre, Orwell Road, Felixstowe.

Anyone interested in digital or conventional photography is more than welcome to join - the club caters for beginners in the craft as well as the more experienced worker. Further details are available from Dennis Lumkin on 01394 285249 or e-mail

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