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Focus on Photography Has Changed
New Venue, New Website, New Program for 2023

Who are we?

Hello and welcome to a friendly and diverse group of photographers. Originally started in 2018 by a few like-minded souls on Facebook, the club/group has continued to grow and consists of: enthusiastic amateurs, photographic teachers, commercial and retired photographers, artists, and those who just like to use their phone cameras. Whether you are a complete beginner, or more experienced photographer our group will be of interest to you.

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Portway Annexe in Wells, from 9.00am until 12.00pm. Each meeting has a theme, and there will be a presentation followed by a discussion. We also vote to decide the winning shot in our competitive banner competition which is open to all members. As well as the serious stuff there is plenty of banter, informal chat and a generous supply of tea, coffee and biscuits.

You can be part of these interesting and informative meetings for an annual membership fee of £30, which also covers access to guest speakers and some special events as and when they happen, details of which will be posted on our members only Facebook page.

We hope you decide to join us on your photographic journey and look forward to meeting you in the near future.

The Admins, Focus on Photography - January 2023 

Program of Events 2023

Members only

18/3/23 Meeting/Talk
Photographing professional models with talk and demonstrating by local professional model Gina Ann

15/4/23 Meeting/Talk
Street Photography with Shelby Alexander - Born in Adelaide, Australia, Shelby is a documentary and street photographer now based in Bristol.

20/5/23 Meeting/Talk
All things Analogue - What do you need to do it in the old fashioned way including a look at Film Cameras

17/6/23 Meeting/Talk
Vitalj Bobrovic - a Talk about his Photography with cameras and drones. Based in Shepton Mallet and well known to members of the Wells Community FB page.

July 23
July is Priddy Folk Festival (7-9th July) - Main meeting is on the 15/7/23
This meeting will all be about the images produced at the Priddy Folk Festival the previous weekend. 

Latest News - 18/2/23

Dear Members,

Todays meeting with a talk by Michelle Cowbourne, of Visions of Somerset, was well received by all present and it was interesting to see how her enthusiasm for Glastonbury Tor, led her into photography and the resultant success she is reaping from her hard work. Thanks again Michelle.

The winner of this months Banner Competition went to Phil Broek after 2 voting sessions from the members present. Well done Phil.
The next Banner competition is titled “Patterns” and the album has been created so upload. See previous post for the rules.

The news that the club has received donations of equipment was received with smiles from the floor and we also have another donation coming soon. Watch this space for further details.

Next month meeting will have a talk By Gina Ann on modelling so mark your calendar.

Cheers all, thanks for coming and enjoy your photography - Admin 

The Admins

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Phil Broek
Moral support Admin

I discovered the magic of photography in my school’s darkroom at an early age. The thrill of developing my own pictures, the quirky equipment and smell of the chemicals was totally addictive and that addiction has lasted for many years since, although I’m now a mirrorless digital camera convert. I enjoy all genres, especially Astrophotography and Lifestyle and I’m particularly fond of moody monochrome. As an Admin, I try my best to keep the others on the straight and narrow – not always successfully!

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Elaine Pratt
Exhibition & Membership Admin

I am a self-taught photographer, who has been snapping away for quite a long time, and a member of Focus on Photography since 2019. My areas of interest are monochrome, infra-red, still life and analogue photography. I was inspired to try infra-red by the analogue infra-red images of Simon Marsden. I also have a fully equipped darkroom, and have learned to develop my own films, along with a small home studio where I practice my still life photography. As an admin I look out for any local exhibitions which may be of interest to members

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Stephen Green
Competition Admin

I am a retired engineer that has always had a passion for photography. My preferred genre is outdoor imaging of any type whether it be sports, wildlife, landscape etc. I am happy to have a go at anything though. I follow quite a few landscape photographers on YouTube, my favourite being Nigel Dansel. I have been known to enter competitions, part of my role as Admin. is to share competition information with the group.

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Richard Tippett LSWPP
Still working on that Admin

Interest in photography started at the tender age of 14 and I currently teach photography at a SEN college for Autistic students aged 16-25.
Previously business-to-business manager for Jessops Academy and responsible for writing photography courses for schools, business and Jessops Academy.
My main passion is live event photography where I have photographed major artists from the world of rock.
An original member of “The Societies of Photographers” and hold a licentiate in weddings and portraits.
Admin roles are "bad dad" jokes and keeping Phil out of trouble - I am only successful at one of these! 

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Meetings Address

The Portway Annexe,
Portway Ave,
Wells BA5 2QF




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