A new club is being formed in southeast Saskatchewan for people who are interested in photography.
The Moose Mountain Photography Club will have its first meeting on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Mother Theresa Centre at the Kenosee Boys and Girls Camp.
“We’re going to be sharing pictures,” club co-founder William Sinclair told Lifestyles. “That’s a lot of it. The purpose of the group would be to interact with each other, to be inspired by each other, to learn more about photography, and to share our work.”
Sinclair, who was also one of the founders of the Estevan Photography Club, said he has been passionate about photography for most of his life. He recently started interacting with the club's other co-founder, Suzanne Pearson of Arcola, and they decided a club needed to be formed.
“We have about six people who have expressed a definite interest in coming (to the first meeting),” said Sinclair. “There’s no membership fee at this time.”
There isn’t a minimum or a maximum number of people that they'd like to attract, he said, but it would likely work better in a small group.
“You get more chances to share,” said Sinclair. “We’ll have a projector and a laptop, and people will be able to share their pictures or digital images … and they can come and share about five pictures. If you get too many people in the group, it gets a little more difficult to share images.”
The group is open to photographers of all ages, skill levels and experience, Sinclair said. Members can be beginners who just purchased a point-and-shoot camera, or photographers using high-end professional equipment.
The Kenosee camp was chosen as the site for the first get-together because it’s a beautiful area, Sinclair said, and they have a building for the meeting.
Sinclair said he has been avidly taking pictures for about 40 years, and has dabbled in professional photography. He took a home-based course through a program based out of New York. Pearson has taken the same course.
He said it’s a great creative outlet.
“It’s not like when you paint, and it takes a long time to build an image up,” said Sinclair. “That’s not my personality. You can go out and take a picture, and it’s almost instantaneous.”
It’s also great for photographers to display work, and it’s a good experience to hear other people commenting on the pictures, he said.