Visit to Zhaoqing Photographers Companion Club
Jan 23, 2018
|I had a funny day today. Firstly the day started rather early, with Denise coming to the college to drop off a flash drive for me to copy all the photos from Friday and Saturday onto for her. She invited me to go with her to her Grandpa's house, but I decided I needed to be here, get washing done, etc.
I had a number of other chores that I was hoping to get through, but for a start my VPN would not load, so I had to wait, and hope for the best. No VPN equals no access to Gmail, or Facebook. Not usually critical, but I needed to email Carol with some further details!
So, after waiting most of the morning, I gave up and messaged Frankle. He was in a meeting but said he could be in his office at 3.30, so I went with that. Meantime Carol's phone had died, so no wechat for easy contact. I had messaged Margaret, and she had called Carol, to arrange a time to call on wechat, when they are both at patchwork tonight!!
We got into my Gmail on Frankle's computer, and he helped me to finish setting up my email account with qq.com, so that the emails that come in via Gmail, will now be forwarded to me, via qq, which does not require a VPN!!
I wanted to order some rechargeable AA batteries for Carol, for her camera. Frankle did that on the spot, and they will be here tomorrow!!
Time had been made to call Margaret, to talk to Carol, for 5.30, so I waited until I could do that. And when we had had our conversation, I headed out to a little stationary shop right outside the college gate, to put money onto my bus card. Denise had told me about this shop this morning, so means I do not need to go into town to do it!!
And I went over the road to the Wallace Shop, to get a chicken burger, some nuggets, and chips for my dinner. Summer is going to pick me up at 7.15 at the front gate, to go to her photography group, so no time to get into town, and do the other chores I had set myself for the day! But of course, there is always tomorrow!!
After eating, I headed down to wait at the front gate for Summer. We had a lovely chat on the way to the meeting. Their club has over 400 members!! This is definitely China!! But they do not all meet at the same time, they divide into sub-groups. Groups are sorted by several criteria. There are different levels of expertise, then there is also a separate group for cell phone photographers. Interesting.
We arrived at their rented premises, which has a big lobby, with table and chairs at one end. I believe there is also a kitchen and dining area, as well as two classrooms, a big studio, and a storeroom.
I sat through the president's address, not understanding much of his speech, but could understand what he was teaching them. And Summer helped with interpretation of some important points. He started with some images from random sources, and pointed out what made them great images. Then he went through a series of photos that were winners in the 2017 photo of the year awards. Lastly, there were images from members, which were then critiqued by him, and also by members. Interesting, to see what they look for. Very professional.
The president is no doubt highly qualified, as he has won numerous awards for his photography, and is very highly respected.
After the meeting, I wandered about taking shots around the area, and then sat for Chinese tea with the remaining socializers!! They are lovely. Very welcoming, and most of them understand a little English, even if they do not say too much, although by the time we left, there was quite a lot more conversation happening.
They are all very keen to set up a 'sisterhood' with our camera club in Albany, so we will have to see how we can make it happen.
It was after 11pm when Summer dropped me back at the college. Much later than the usual, she said, but everyone wanted to know about me, my home, and my impressions of Zhaoqing.