As we hurtle, perhaps rather uncontrollably, towards the end of the year, we’d like to express our immense gratitude to all our fabulous TPS Members for their support and tireless enthusiasm.
2020 has been even more challenging than an ‘annus horribilis’; its been a year that no-one could have foreseen and that no sane person would want to relive. When the novel Coronoavirus, Covid-19, first reared its ugly head in the UK, we acted quickly to shut down our in-person TPS meetings and were one of the first camera clubs in the country to start running virtual meetings. In those early days, things were a bit higgledy-piggledy as we hastily threw together a new programme of events, but we soon figured out how to make the most of our Zoom time together. It was lovely seeing so many faces smiling back at us from our respective places of lockdown incarceration. And it was fun letting a judge tear into our competition images while we listened in from a comfy chair with maybe a glass or two for company. At times, those scores didn’t feel half as important, but the learnings and community spirit became more valuable than ever.
Our Out & About programme was also thrown into disarray but we managed to host several small group outings as well as some very successful ‘Not Out & Abouts’ which challenged us to take photos under time constraints and without editing. Despite everything that the pandemic threw at us, many of us managed to keep snapping, re-discovering why we love the feeling of escapism that photography can bring.
We even managed a couple of club quiz nights and welcomed some world-class speakers including Joe Cornish, Heather Angel and David Clapp. All in all, it’s been a busy year.
And here we are at the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, and the magical moment when we all start looking forward to brighter, longer, more joy-filled days.
Thank you to all our TPS members for sticking by your friendly little camera club. You make our club what it is. And thank you to all the committee members who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the magic happen.
And here’s to 2021. A New Year, new opportunities, and, we hope, a year that will go down in history as an ‘annus mirabilis’. Stay safe, stay happy, keep snapping.