Club | Dunedin Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety

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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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