Welcome to the Enchanted Lens Camera Club
The next meeting will be on
Thursday, Nov. 6th
Our Speaker will be
We meet at the
State Bar of New Mexico Center
5121 Masthead NE
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Reid Callanan is the director of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
My love affair with photography began when I was a junior in college—in retrospect, one of the finest years of my life. I was studying in London and used this great city as a springboard to travel throughout the British Isles, continental Europe, and the Soviet Union. As I packed for my year abroad, I thought it would be good to take a camera along so I could make pictures of all the amazing places I would see. Little did I know that this simple decision to buy a camera would change the way I experienced the world and, on a larger scale, the way I lived my life.
During those first weeks in London, all my senses seemed heightened by my crude attempts to capture on film what I saw and felt. Speaker’s Corner, Portabello Road, Richmond Hill, and Kew Gardens became my picture-taking haunts. I enrolled in a photography class and learned how to develop film and make prints in the darkroom. Very quickly I was hooked, as this new interest consumed both my waking hours and my dreams at night. I wandered the streets of London, Edinburgh, Penzance, Dublin, Florence, Leningrad, and Moscow with my camera and a new appreciation for the sights, smells, and surprises of my surroundings. My passion for photography became deeply embedded in my body and soul, changing my life forever.
I witness a similar zeal in the people who come to the Workshops. I sense their desire to capture, now on a digital sensor, the moments in life that captivate and inspire them. I feel their commitment to learning how to better use the tools of photography— the cameras, computers, software, printers, and yes, film. I marvel at the joy they experience while exploring their creativity.
Photography deepens our connections to the world around us, to ourselves, and to one another. It adds meaning and delight to our lives. My own love affair with imagemaking is now 35 years young, and I have never stopped appreciating how fortunate I am to be able to express what I see and feel through photography.
Photography is a gift we give ourselves. Come to Santa Fe. You deserve it.
The objective of the Enchanted Lens Camera Club is to provide enjoyment and knowledge of photography to its members through their participation and efforts in club activities.
Doors open by 6:30 pm, presentation starts at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in joining, please arrive early! See the Meetings page for details about our bi-monthly meetings. Our meetings are open to the public and free to attend!
Membership entitles you to:
- Field Trips
- Having your photos evaluated in monthly exhibitions
- Communicating with members via our email list
Anyone interested in the practice of photography is eligible for membership.
Membership dues are $50.00 per year for individuals and $75.00 per year for couples or an additional family member. ELCC offers a reduced membership rate of $25 to students.
The dues pay for:
- Speakers and Judges Honoraria
- Monthly and End-Of-Year Awards
- State Incorporation Fees
- Meeting Facility Rental fees
See Club Info for more details about yearly dues and club by-laws.