Club | Dunedin Photographic Society
For Gary McClintock of the Dunedin Photographic Society, the rugged coastal region boasts rich textures and colours with boundless photographic potential A city of heritage Victorian and Edwardian architecture with coastal vistas and lush bush on its doorstep, Dunedin boasts many native attractions for the artistic eye. It is no surprise to learn that the town also hosts a vibrant camera club populated by enthusiastic fans of the region’s natural attractions. The Dunedin Photographic Society, first established in 1890, invites keen local photographers to meet twice a month to hear from guest speakers, share their latest images, learn new techniques, and indulge their passion for photography with other like-minded individuals. Members also get together for regular trips around Otago’s plentiful sights, to shoot the St Clair sunrise, explore the harbour, document the unique wildlife, and visit the botanical gardens. Photographer Gary McClintock has been a keen photographer for many years, and has been a part of many of the country’s South Island camera clubs, including Nelson, Motueka, and Christchurch. Since 2014, he has found a home at the Dunedin Photographic Society, a place where he can go to talk shop with those as knowledgeable and ardent about photography as himself. “It is a place where there is a chance to share my photography and see the work of others, which is always inspiring,” Gary says. “The society has also provided the opportunity to engage with photographers who shoot different subjects.” He has long been a proponent of natural history photography, with an eye for native plants and wild environments. His attendance at the Dunedin club recently exposed him to the work of talented bird photographers, prompting him to extend his own practice in this direction as well. Club meetings also give Gary a chance to put his own work in front of other photographers, which he finds very valuable — especially as the world becomes increasingly digital. “While it is easy to take hundreds of shots now, I always feel there needs to be an audience to share them with and gain feedback and inspiration from,” he says. “While I do use Instagram, my preference is to share with others in person, and the society is a great context for that.” For Gary, Dunedin offers the perfectly varied environment to continue developing his characteristic style of nature photography. From boulders to sandstone cliffs to basalt columns, the coastal region boasts rich textures and colours with boundless graphic potential, while the changeable weather and dynamic ecosystems ensure interesting subjects are never far away. “The coast has a vitality and energy that it shares when I go there,” Gary explains. “Even if no good shots result, time spent in the elements near the sea is is good for me.” Photographers in the Otago region who want to enjoy the same holistic revitalization are welcomed to attend the Dunedin Photographic Society as visitors, to get a feel for the organization’s nature. Gary acknowledges that the prospect of coming in cold can be a bit intimidating, but the organization is always excited to see new faces, and there’s no obligation to share your work early on. Stick with it, and you might just have some of the most useful photographic experiences of your career.
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