WHETHER you are an expert with a camera or a digital novice, an exhibition which opens in Batley tomorrow (May 2) is sure to inspire you.
Brian Hemsworth, immediate past president of the Yorkshire Photographic Union, will open Batley Camera Club’s 57th annual exhibition at Batley Library and Art Gallery where it runs until June 6.
The show features work from newcomers to photography to pictures taken by experienced amateur photographers. One hundred and eight prints by 12 members are included and awards will be presented to four prizewinners, Val Asquith, Andrew Pell, Jeff Moore and Ken Breare.
There is a long history of amateur photography in Batley where the town’s Photographic Society was formed in 1897 and was one of 12 founder members of the Yorkshire Photographic Union which now includes 90 clubs.
Batley Photographic Society reformed in 1951 after the Second World War and its members were leaders in the production of fine black and white photographs from their earliest days.
They were quick to take on the new technology of colour printing and colour transparencies and today’s members have been just as keen to embrace all that is new in digital technology.
Club members are happy to share their skills with anyone wanting to choose a new camera, learn how to use a new piece of equipment or to improve their photographs.
And on May 14, as part of Adult Learners’ Week, they will guide exhibition visitors through the pictures on display in A View Through The Lens.
The tour is from 2pm to 4pm and is free but admission for the tour is by ticket which needs to be booked at Batley Library.
The gallery opens on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30am to 7pm, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am and 5pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.