In a time where communities are becoming further reduced and in a world where often we don’t talk to or even know the name of our neighbours, loneliness is a mental disease that is starting to spread – especially amongst the older generation.
One solution to combat this insular life style is to create Cafe Coffee Corners where people can meet others to have a coffee and simply start talking. Some corner organisers bring chat cards with a subject for people to discuss, in order to help break the ice. People may feel they have nothing interesting to tell others about, but in reality every one has a book in them they could write about.
I myself am single and live with my feline soul mate Mr Darcy – if it wasn’t for him my life would be totally empty. He fills a void that only a cat could.
However I have always been a member of a club since primary school age when I joined a Judo club and cross country running club for most of my schooling years. These clubs gave me discipline and a focus with goals to achieve. Judo and Running were hard work and I would train every week year in year out.
I could never foresee that I would give up my beloved Judo and cross country running when I would reach middle age.
I am now a member of 2 Scottish Sub Aqua clubs and have recently joined my local camera club. These clubs provide me with plenty of social contact and support if needed. I have learned knowledge and gained qualifications and experiences that have enriched my quality of life. It’s great to make new friends and exchange experiences.
I have always been mad about cameras and in a camera club you’ll find plenty of passionate camera enthusiasts who will quite happily talk tech the night away. I have found myself often enjoying speaking to fellow club members who use the same camera format as myself, chatting about body and lens gadgetry.
After only a few months of being in my camera club I’ve made new friends, visited different parts of Scotland on photographic location shoots that I have never been to before, and now as autumn approaches, enjoy listening to Master Photographers at the club house evenings, gaining handy photographic tips from their presentations.
At college, our tutors explained that Photography is all about experimentation – you never stop trying new things or learning more about The Craft.
You don’t even have to know anything about photography to join in a club, all you need is the willingness to learn and enjoy taking pictures with others. During our presentation meetings there’s time for a coffee break and then after the meeting, there’s the further opportunity to socialise with members at our favourite local pub.
Now for the first time in history, Digital Photography can provide consumers with an abundant choice of cameras at affordable prices – the difficulty for some people is trying to decide which equipment to invest in. At the moment I’m trying to help a club member to try the camera system I have enjoyed using for a couple of years and it gives me great satisfaction when I can help provide someone with a solution to making important technical decisions.
Most enjoy taking photos and camera enthusiasts experience satisfaction from being able to use a variety of lenses to achieve a creative effect. Taking photographs brings joy and creativity into your life in such a simple way and with modern smart phones, we can edit and share these images across the world in minutes.
If you’d be interested in joining your local Photographic Society, or any local group for that matter, don’t procrastinate – feel the fear and go out Clubbing!