Photo by Allan Yates


The technology of picture taking has changed over the decades since the Bloomington Photography Club (BPC) began meeting, but the group’s goals remain the same. “The idea is to have fun first, and the second is education,” says board member James Kellar.

Members range in experience from professional photographers to amateurs who take photos with their phones. The group comprises a number of special-interest focus groups, holds a monthly meeting to share photos and techniques, and organizes field trips.

Kellar, 66, a semi-retired professional photographer who has been a BPC member for more than 40 years, says the BPC was active in the 1940s—and perhaps earlier—but died out and was then re-formed in the 1970s.

Sarah Slover, 43, is a semi-professional who joined two years ago. “The people in the club are welcoming and nurturing and want to meet you wherever you are,” she says.

The BPC will stage its 29th annual Juried Exhibition of members’ work at the Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College, in September and October. An opening receptions was held during the Bloomington Gallery Walk on September 3 and another will be held on October 1 from 5–8 p.m. Viewing hours at the center are 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Sunday.

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