In late summer 1977, John Cartmel Crossly, an artist from St. Margaret’s Hope, along with Colin Johnstone called a public meeting with the intention of getting interested photographers together to form a Camera Club.
A good crowd turned up including three current Club members, Fraser Dixon, Bert Bakie and Tim Wright. A committee was formed and the Orkney Camera Club started that winter.
Initially the meetings were in the Kirkwall Town Hall. After a couple of years and due to extensive refurbishment works in the Town Hall we moved out to the Guide Hut. This proved to be ideal as we could make our own tea and coffee and when we overran we didn’t get the janitor chasing us out. We also had a place to store a little equipment and lots of room to park. This has continued to be our venue ever since. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the clubs formation a Retrospective Exhibition was held in Tankerness House, Kirkwall of old winning photos as well as pictures of club members present and past and old cameras. For many years now we have been providing a regular Science Festival exhibition consisting of pictures of Orkney and its inhabitants and their activities.
A new venture for the club is putting together an exhibition for the Loft Gallery, St. Margaret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay in late 2009.
Tim Wright (President 2008-09)