Bingley Camera Club
To help and promote the knowledge of photography and enable participants to provide voluntary help to organisations who wish to use photographs to enhance and promote their own groups.
Bingley Camera Club was initially established in April 1951 under the name of “Bingley & District Photographic Society”. In 1956 was re-established as “Bingley Camera Club”, the 39 members began meeting on an evening which is the format that remains today. The Club is a Member of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Yorkshire Photographic Union
Today the group now has over 50 members and is run by a committee of nine people, whom are all active members. The membership is a diverse group, all with a common interest, to improve their photography and share knowledge and experience. We pride ourselves on being inclusive, it doesn’t matter if you are using a camera on your phone, or the most technical piece of kit money can buy, taking part and sharing knowledge is what we are about.
The club meets on a weekly basis from September through to May with a mixed programme of practical nights, speakers who are either professionals or our own members, and club competitions.
The programme is driven by the members who are consulted on its content and format, our recent consultation has been through running a member’s survey, a facilitation session and also on-going discussions on clubs nights.
In addition to the club nights members organise outings throughout the year, these outings are open to all members and are communicated through our Facebook group, regular emails from our club secretary, Twitter, Whatsapp and verbally on club nights.
The majority of members live within Bingley and are active within the community.
We offer assistance to local organisations, this is on a voluntary basis.
Members regularly assist Bingley Town Council events and activities and have been thanked by the Council. “The quality and composition of the shots has greatly improved our newsletters and other communications and we’ve really appreciated how members have turned up and worked with us”.
Members have recently been involved in publicising the work of the Bingley Youth Café (Caribbean Evening), Green and Clean Forum- A group of residents interested in plants and green spaces and keeping Bingley beautiful ( Floral displays) and The adoption group – called Action Stations (Bingley and Crossflatts) that have adopted local rail stations and are improving the environment by tidying and planting.
The assistance we give other organisations also enables our members to develop their own skills. In particular we aim to encourage younger adults to become involved in the club enabling them to develop both their photography and interpersonal skills which in turn may assist with their future careers. We facilitate their involvement by offering reduced cost membership.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
The club has been chosen to host the Yorkshire Photographic Union’s (YPU) annual exhibition 2019, after the initial launch day the exhibition will be available to view for a period of two weeks.
The club has set up a sub-committee to work with the Photographic Union on organising the exhibition, it is also working with the Town Council and local businesses to ensure Bingley and its community maximises the potential benefits of holding the exhibition in the town.
The standard of images displayed will be very high and will attract visitors from all over Yorkshire and beyond. The initial influx of visitors to the town will benefit local business, in particular the hospitality industry, however it is envisaged that the town and surrounding areas will continue to reap the benefits of such a positive event well into the future. The exhibition will raise the profile of Bingley to photographers and the general public, enabling them to see the wealth of attractions we have from our industrial heritage to the magnificent countryside and rural areas on our doorstep.
The funding would not only help us to purchase items such as lighting, frames and a projector to support the exhibition, but would have longer lasting impact by enhancing the facilities available to members enabling them to improve the quality of the assistance we offer to voluntary groups and events within the local area.
In addition to the YPU exhibition the club is also hosting an exhibition at Cliffe Castle, Keighley in 2020, this exhibition will be on display for three months. Having an exhibition at Cliffe Castle will ensure our work is seen by the widest possible audience, from visitors to the area, the diverse community of Keighley and local school children whom the museum works closely with. The exhibition may assist in encouraging different communities to become more involved in photography.
"As a comparatively newcomer to photography I joined Bingley Camera Club some five years ago. I was made extremely welcome and soon became an active member of the club. I was helped on numerous occasions by more experience members in getting to know how to use the different functions on my camera. I feel without their help I wouldn't be enjoying taking photographs and trying out different aspects of photography. Mrs Chris Taylor – Active member and club treasurer"