Suspension of all meetings until further notice

We have all been inundated with information around the escalating COVID-19 virus, and today the Premier of Victoria declared a state of emergency.

Today’s statement accompanying the state of emergency declaration included words to the effect that “clubs” should avoid “non-essential” gatherings. And while the context of that sentence refers to “bans” outlined in the previous paragraph (gatherings of 500+ people), it is also clear that our governments intend to take further action.

The WCC Committee is focused on putting the health and safety of our members first. We note that a reasonable proportion of our membership is in the older “at risk” age group. It is clear that conducting meetings (of any sort) would be taking on unnecessary risk with our member’s health. Finally, we note that VAPS have cancelled meetings and have discontinued handling prints.

For all these reasons the WCC Committee has decided that the club will suspend ALL meetings, workshops, outings and any other gatherings until further notice.

Also note the following:

  1. The InFocus Exhibition will continue until it’s scheduled finish date (March 22). This is held in a very large space and we only have a couple visitors at any time. If you are scheduled to be a monitor at the gallery, we ask you to please attend. If you have concerns for your health in attending, please contact either Vicki Moritz or myself.
  2. In an effort to stagger picking up prints from the InFocus Exhibition, please arrive any time after 12 noon – we would like to avoid everyone arriving at 3pm.
  3. The April 7 Competition Night will NOT proceed. We will announce winners electronically. We will work through print collection at a later time.
  4. We intend to continue to accept EDI images for monthly competitions and have them judged (our print section, in all groups, is suspended from next month onwards)
  5. For April and subsequent months, we will work with judges to see if we can distribute judge’s comments.
  6. We understand there are a couple of “special” workshops and events scheduled, some of which we have accepted payment for. We will work through that shortly. The fate of these may be decided at the next committee meeting.
  7. Please take advantage of social media and networking in these uncertain times. Join the club’s Facebook group and/or the WhatsApp community. This is a great way to stay connected.
  8. The committee is looking at other measures to improve our ability to stay connected and mentor each other.

As regrettable and painful as this decision is, we hope that this decision makes sense to our members. Hopefully we can all get through this health event with limited additional disruption. We will continue to update members via our website and the weekly Watson emails. We will also provide additional updates (such as this one) as required. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or another Committee member

Take care and stay healthy.
Kind regards, Russell

Postponed: Portrait & Lighting Workshop

We regret to advise that the Portrait Workshop scheduled for this coming Saturday will not be proceeding.

A new date is not yet confirmed. I’d ask everyone to appreciate that there are a lot of parts to this exercise (halls, equipment, instructors, models, etc). Over the coming days we will work to get these lined-up and confirm the new date to you as soon as it is known.

See you at the InFocus Exhibition opening event this Friday 13th March, 6-8pm, Track Gallery, Mount Waverley Community Centre.

Portrait & Lighting Workshop – Saturday 14th March 2020

NOTE: This workshop has been postponed to a later date.

Last month the club announced a major focus during the first half of 2020 around developing our portrait photography skills. Jen Fawkes ran three very successful beginner portraiture workshops which helped build key skills around working with models. As previously announced, this month we are going to build on our model engagement skills while focusing on use of lighting.

On Saturday 14th March 2020, we have been fortunate to engage professional lighting specialist and portrait photographer Michael Marlborough from Kayell, who will lead us in a very special workshop event. Michael has also engaged four professional models to work with us on the day.

Members please refer to the information emailed out that includes the schedule for the day and how to book your place.

President’s Trophy 2019 – Moment Of Impact

With only two more competition nights remaining (October 1st, and October 29th) our club year is building up to its finale. That can only mean one thing… it is time to announce the subject for the 2019 President’s Trophy competition.

The subject for this year is… Moment Of Impact

I am not going to provide any further definition as I want us all to enjoy the full spectrum of creativity that might come from leaving the subject stated as-is. Above all, I really hope that you have some fun with it.

Please note that your images must the submitted to club’s competition email address by the end of the day, Tuesday November 5, 2019 (Melbourne Cup Day).

Bring on the “Wow” (and maybe a few laughs).

Good luck and regards, Russell.