Mandurah Photography Club celebrates 50th anniversary

The Mandurah Photography Club has reached a milestone certainly worth capturing.

August 7 marks the club’s 50th anniversary, an achievement that long-time member and current judge coordinator Roy Bolton said felt pretty special.

“To know that a small group of dedicated photographers in Mandurah started the club in 1972 and that most likely none of these members are still with us today provides a great sense of pride to current members in maintaining that love of photography and fellowship throughout the years,” he said.

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“The club is stronger than ever 50 years later.”

The Mandurah Photography Club was inaugurated in 1972 and its first meeting consisted of members showing each other colour slides and prints from film negatives.

“Photography has changed dramatically during the years I’ve been a member,” Mr Bolton said.

“From producing photographs from the darkroom process to digitally scanning negatives to now taking photographs with a digital camera or a camera within your mobile.

“The digital age photography has provided more images from all around the world and is significantly helping us to communicate and capture moments and history as it happens.”

Moments in time: Long-standing club member Roy Bolton’s stunning image of the old Mandurah Bridge.
Camera IconMoments in time: Long-standing club member Roy Bolton’s stunning image of the old Mandurah Bridge. Credit: Roy Bolton

As well as monthly meetings where members can share and critique each other’s work, the club also hosts regular workshops where members can develop their camera skills and computer-based image development.

It’s a hobby Mr Bolton said had taken him all around the globe, including Antarctica.

“Photography has brought me many memorable occasions, like sitting silently on a shoreline in Antarctica and having penguins walk right up, or climbing Huayna Picchu and photographing the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu or photographing the northern lights,” he said.

“Taking a photograph captures a moment in time: the expressions of a newborn baby, the parents’ joy or the sun rising and setting on a day, these moments can never be repeated. Photography is a way of preserving and communicating that moment.”

A picture of old Mandurah Bridge and Tuckey's Store taken around 1910.
Camera IconA picture of old Mandurah Bridge and Tuckey’s Store taken around 1910. Credit: Supplied
Bolton's Timber Mill, Leslie Street.
Camera IconBolton’s Timber Mill, Leslie Street. Credit: Supplied

To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Mandurah Photography Club has received a community grant from the City of Mandurah to curate an exhibition featuring a collection of historical images of Mandurah in the early 1900s.

The images were preserved by Roy Whitehead, an early member of the photography club, and show how Mandurah has grown from a once sleepy fishing town into the top tourist destination it is today.

Locals can check out the exhibition at the Mandurah Forum from August 22 to September 4 and at Halls Head Shopping Centre from September 6to 12 during opening hours.

For more information about the Mandurah Photography Club, visit their website.

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