Welcome to the 2021-2022 season!

We started the 2021/2022 club season with a new meeting format. Our 2019/2020 club season was interrupted by the Covid pandemic and our 2020/2021 season was entirely virtual, with meetings hosted by Zoom. This year we moved to a hybrid format. 17 club members gathered at the Fisherrow Centre and another 6 joined us by Zoom. I was delighted to welcome 4 potential new members! There had been some changes at the Fisherrow Centre since we were last there, and our projection screen has been replaced by an entire section of the wall coated with screen paint. During the meeting we displayed the mounted prints that had been left at Fisherrow, and club members had a chance to retrieve their own prints.

The last meeting held at the Fisherrow Centre was on the 19th March 2020, when we viewed and commented on images provided in advance by Mölnlycke Fotoclubb, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Our last club meeting at the Fisherrow Centre in 2020.

Those were the last images projected at Fisherrow in 2020, and they were the first images projected at Fisherrow now we are back in 2021. During the lockdown we learned that Zoom can connect you with people who would be too far away to travel to a regular club meeting, and a year later we hosted our Swedish interclub live with with members of Mölnlycke Fotoclubb.

Zoom gives us the chance to reach out to other clubs who would otherwise be too far away.

I hope the new hybrid meeting format will give us the best of both worlds. We have a packed programme coming up, with a mixture of face to face meetings at Fisherrow plus virtual events hosted by Zoom and played at Fisherrow.

The club programme

Thank you to everyone who came to Fisherrow, and thank you to everyone who connected by Zoom. At our next meeting we will connect with Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club by Zoom, where speaker John Nathan will talk about travel photography. I will send the Zoom information to members before the meeting. The meeting will also be shown in room G3 at Fisherrow.

Welcome back everyone, and see you next Thursday.

Steven

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