Kiwi pics in Taiwan show
Kapiti Camera Club’s reputation is likely to be enhanced after a chance meeting led to an exhibition in Taiwan.
Club member Patsy Williamson met Bo-Ching Sou, president of the Wang-Jiao Studies of the Photographic Arts in Taiwan, during a trip to Cambodia last year.
An exchange of business cards and a promise to keep in touch led to an invitation several months later to participate in an exhibition of international photographers sponsored by Mr Sou’s group.
Kapiti Camera Club will be the only photographic society or club in New Zealand to show off their work, president Geoff Marshall says.
The invitation stated that the camera club’s involvement would make the exhibition ‘‘more vigorous and splendid’’.
‘‘It is an incredible honour to be able to represent New Zealand in such a unique manner,’’ Mr Marshall says.
‘‘This seemed like too good a chance to miss and a rare opportunity to represent Porirua and of course New Zealand. All our members are thrilled . . . and are keen to further this exchange in hopefully other forums.’’
Twelve images were forwarded to the organisers in Taiwan, including two dis-
Ray Lovell’s stunning shot of a rare Doubtful Sound dolphin, which won him a prestigious national award, wowed audiences in Taiwan. Photo courtesy of Ray Lovell. played in the Porirua train station pedestrian underpass and several from the community arts programme that ran during Festival of the Elements. The exhibition ran for two weeks until last Tuesday, and will run again early next year.
One image by Ray Lovell, of a dolphin in Doubtful Sound, won the 2009 Wildlife Photo of the Year competition run by the New Zealand Geographic Magazine. Another, by Plimmerton’s Taffy Parry, of a tui in his garden, featured on the cover of a children’s book published locally.
Mr Marshall says KCC’s committee accepted submissions from members, then had to make the tough decision about which 12 would represent the club.
‘‘We were looking for a balance that showed off the different aspects of Porirua and New Zealand, photos that would be easily understood by a non-Kiwi audience.’’
The KCC has been operating for more than 50 years in the Porirua area. Members can often be seen snapping away at local events.