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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1947

Photographic Club

Photographic Club

Again this year, the Photographic Club has been handicapped by the lack of a Darkroom. Our hopes last year of having one set up in part of the basement of Weir House, proved somewhat premature. Now, however, official permission has been granted the Club for the use of this basement, and we are much indebted to the College Council for their consideration, and especially to the Students' Association representative on the Council who brought the request before the Council. It is hoped to have the darkroom finished during the third term so that it should be ready for use during the summer vacation, when it should prove most useful.

Club meetings held so far this year have included addresses by Mr. H. Farmer MacDonald, on 'Composition', Mr. Brian Brake of Messrs. Spencer Digby's on 'Studio and Darkroom Technique', Mr H. B. Holgate, 'On Purchasing a Camera', and by Mr J. W. Chapman-Taylor on 'Films and Filters'. We are much indebted to these speakers for their most informative and instructive talks. The latter two of these are intended to be part of a progressive series on amateur photography for both beginners and and advanced workers.

Good cameras are difficult to obtain and unduly expensive at the present time and for the benefit of those who are deterred by these facts they should bear in mind that with a little instruction, guidance and experience, they would be surprised at what may be accomplished by even a modest Brownie, provided that they do not attempt subjects too difficult. In any case, a simple box camera is the best with which to commence.

Particularly noticeable at Club meetings has been the almost complete absence of women members.

There were a disappointing number of entries in the Spike Competition this year. For the awards and judge's comments, see elsewhere in this issue.