Yet again, to meet the rules and recommendations relating to public / social meetings, we held another club meeting via Zoom. I counted about 24 members who used their computers, laptops, iPads, etc., to attend our virtual meeting. Ian S led the meeting as Zoom coordinator, handing over to our Chair, Joan, who welcomed one and all, but especially Erica Oram CPAGB,AFIAP,BPE2. Who returned to make a further presentation – following her well received presentation of her printed images in 2019. Erica judged our annual competition in 2018. You can view many of Erica’s inspiring images, if you type Erica Oram into your browser.
But first, Joan covered various announcements and updates, best encapsulated by viewing the calendar shown below. Joan hoped that Covid19 would be under some form of control by December, so that we can hold our annual Christmas party at Castleton Village Hall. However Joan said that if coronavirus was still an issue, arrangements were in place to hold a ‘virtual’ Christmas Party, where we could dine and drink at home, watching events such as our annual quiz using Zoom. Disadvantages – numerous: Especially missing the friendship and fellowship of meeting, dining and drinking with other members just before Christmas. Advantages – only one I can think of: No problems drinking and driving if the virtual party is at home!
Erica is a member of Sheffield Photographic Society. However, Erica is more than just busy juggling her challenging and busy day job, being mother to her young family, with photography. Erica gives lectures and presentations, as well as judging for many photographic societies. Erica doesn’t have much spare time for photography, so she concentrates on being creative, both in camera and in photoshop, to make use of whatever opportunities come her way. Interestingly, the smoke alarm sounded in her kitchen as she was giving her presentation. With Erica explaining that her son was trying his hand at cooking, and had clearly burned what he was creating. I think that the images shown below show that Erica is also creative as well as being highly talented. Thus I imagine that every member attending our Zoom meeting was (metaphorically speaking) glued to their screens, as we jointly enjoyed a thoroughly enjoyable presentation of Erica’s digital images.