President’s Column – April 2021
This is my first President’s column, and I am thrilled to head up such a great committee. Welcome back to Diana Stewart, who has rejoined the committee after a year away and is the Honours Board Secretary, and to James Thompson, who already co-ordinates the Trenna Packer Salver on behalf of the Society.
Also on our team we have Richard Hensby (Treasurer/Vice President), Elizabeth Burtt (Secretary), Kath Varcoe (Web site), Carolyn Collins (Speaker Co-ordinator), Andrea Thompson (Field Trip Co-ordinator), Peter Hockley (Immediate Past President) Gina McGauley and Stacey Hill. I will continue as Newsletter Editor, but will be looking for people to take on one or two of my other roles.
Thank you to both Sylvia Thompson-Kriek and Gavin Treadgold, for their time on the committee, both of whom have stepped aside this year, and thank you to Peter Hockley for all his hard work as President over the last three years.
The club has some exciting events lined up for the year, the first being our exhibition “Colours of Nature” which opens on 22 April at Kaiapoi Art on the Quay. We also have several field trips planned, two more workshops, Trenna Packer, and a fun Christmas competition.
Now that Easter is over and autumn is well and truly here, think about those wonderful colours that are turning up everywhere and even the change to a softer golden light that means shorter days are coming, misty mornings, fungus appearing in little nooks and crannies and maybe even the occasional frost.
Take all opportunities that present themselves to explore what is going on around you. Recently I lead a trip to the Gardens and was reminded that there are tiny details we walk past each day without noticing. There in the herbaceous border, were seed heads, old leaves, and buds for late bloomers. Use these as opportunities to observe, get creative and have fun. Move around your subject, separate it from the backdrop, make it pop. Thinking like this will help with all aspects of your photography.