We all can relate to photography in one way or another. It’s in our everyday lives, in the media and on our social networking sites. It's in every city, it inspires us, infuriates us or reaches us in ways we could never imagine.
The science behind photography and how it has evolved intrigues me. It captures the moment that will stay with us for as long as we cherish it. I still remember my first camera. It was a pink 'le clic' that brought hours of adventure and fun to my everyday childhood. Those were the days where you had to pop into your local chemist or photography shop to get the film developed at about £5 per 28 images!
In today’s world the majority of us hold our most precious images in digital format, online or in our PC's, phones and memory storage devices. I met a retired local man recently who has a keen interest in snapping Blyth Harbour and ships. He had worked for over 20 years on the harbour and was involved in the trade ships Arklow. He regularly visits the harbor and keeps a record of the ships coming in and out of the port. He provides photography to local websites, calendars and even sometimes features on North East tonight, Photography with Pip!
It's amazing how everyday people, any age can produce such wonderful photography some having never attended art school or trained for a qualification in photography. This is their passion, they pursue it and invest time, effort and money into it to share with everyone.
The best photograph I have ever taken was in Portugal 10 minutes drive from my dad’s farm house in Extremadura, Spain. If you head across the Portuguese border into the medieval mountaintop village of Marvão, you will find a 13th century castle rising from the rock. Nearby is a 13th century church with a small but interesting museum of archeological finds and local artifacts. After climbing up the castle walls I was taken aback by the stunning view from the small castle window hole. With my own camera (not the pink le clic) I snapped several shots that were skew whiff until my battery died.
Heading back down towards a small cafe I was very disgruntled about this and asked my dad if I could use his camera to get that shot I had in mind. So I ventured all the way back up to that window hole!!! The shot:-
Kimberley Smith, Graphic Design and Marketing at blythtown.net
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Local Photography Clubs- Get Inspired
Blyth Photographic Society
Blyth Photographic Society like to encourage and promote photography in all its forms.
They meet at St Mary’s Church Hall, Wanley Street (Market Place), Blyth NE24 1DP
Wheelchair access available.
Season runs from the beginning of September to mid April.
They meet every Thursday at 7.15pm
Cambois Camera Club
Taken from the website- About the club
Cambois Camera Club is a long-established amateur photographic club, based in Cambois, near Blyth, Northumberland. The Club is open to people of all ages, and the emphasis is on learning to become a better photographer in an informal, fun, social atmosphere. Whether you use film or digital, are young or old, new or experienced, we would love to hear from you.
We own our own clubhouse, which has studio and darkroom facilities and has recently been refurbished to a high standard. Members meet every Wednesday, at 7.30 pm during our season. (Sept to April) at THE CLUBHOUSE RIDLEY TERRACE CAMBOIS NE24 1QS
We have a Programme of Events that has something for everyone, so if you'd like to know more about what we do and who we are, explore this web site or Contact us for more information.
Annual membership subscription is currently £20.00 plus a £1.50 cover charge on the night.
Blyth Photo Gallery