Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

BEL­MONT Cam­era Club’s avid pho­tog­ra­phers have been snap­ping mem­o­ries for 20 years.

The club is cel­e­brat­ing its mile­stone an­niver­sary with the Cap­tured Mo­ments ex­hi­bi­tion at Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts.

Club sec­re­tary and chair­woman of the ex­hi­bi­tion com­mit­tee Di Fitzsi­mons said ev­ery­thing fell in to place for the cel­e­bra­tion.

“We found out that the club started at the Vic Park Cen­tre for the Arts 20 years ago, and we’re hop­ing to have one of the orig­i­nal mem­bers at the open­ing,” she said.

“Ev­ery­thing sort of came to­gether. This was the right time, the right place.”

Ms Fitzsi­mons said Peter Stone at the Pic­ture Fac­tory had of­fered to mat and frame mem­bers’ work.

“To see ev­ery­one’s faces when they turned the pic­tures over was such a de­light. There’s some­thing spe­cial when you take it to that next level,” she said.

“We didn’t put a theme to it, we just said ‘your best pic­ture, your favourite pic­ture’.

“It doesn’t mat­ter whether you took it a long time ago or yes­ter­day.”

Ms Fitzsi­mons said it was the wel­com­ing, easy-go­ing en­vi­ron­ment that kept the club go­ing strong, with some 45 mem­bers meet­ing reg­u­larly.

“We ac­tu­ally kind of cre­ate an un­of­fi­cial meet-and-greet ap­proach to peo­ple when they first come into the club. No one’s on their own and left to fend for them­selves,” she said.

“We’re up for a drink and a chat. We have peo­ple who are un­able to drive, and we’ll do our best to car­pool them. We’re not cliquey, ev­ery­one mixes.”

The Cap­tured Mo­ments ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til July 22 at Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts, at 12 Kent Street, East Vic­to­ria Park.

The club’s work will be on dis­play, there will be talks ev­ery day, and raf­fles fea­tur­ing prizes from lo­cal busi­nesses.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.bel­mont­cam­er­a­­

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