The Viewfinder Photographic Society is a friendly club of enthusiasts who meet regularly to support each other, exchange ideas and share expertise, with the simple aim of enjoying photography. Formed in 2007, the Society has gone from strength to strength, attracting new members each year to the point where it now has a waiting list.
The Society meets on Monday evenings at Skidby Village Hall in East Yorkshire, although from May through to August, members try to get out and about with their cameras depending on the weather. The varied, weekly programme includes still-life workshops, portrait sessions, talks, presentations, tips on photographic techniques and reviews of members' images. In the summer months, members meet at different locations in the area with the emphasis very much on taking photographs.
Since it was formed, the Society has invited leading figures in the photography world to come to East Yorkshire and talk about their work. These include:
- Joe Cornish, renowned British landscape photographer
- Andy Rouse, award winning wildlife photographer and conservationist
- Charlie Waite, one of the world's leading landscape photographers
- Eamonn McCabe, former sports photographer and Guardian picture editor
- Jonathan Chritchley, fine art, ocean and equine photographer
- Heather Angel, Nature Photographer and Author
- Damien Demolder, Photographer, Journalist and Educator
Every year in October, the Society holds an exhibition of members' photographs in Skidby. This free exhibition has proven popular with the public and year on year attracts record numbers. An indication that an appreciation of the photographic image and how it’s made is as popular as ever.