Annual New Mexico Photo Art Show

Welcome to the Enchanted Lens Camera Club

Our next meeting will be on
Thursday, April 2nd

We meet at the
State Bar of New Mexico Center
5121 Masthead NE
Click here for more info

Our Speaker will be
Bob Witkowski

Bob Witkowski

Bob Witkowski

I was largely self-taught. I initially lost all attrac-
tion to 35mm, working mostly in 4x5 and 6x6.

In 1972 I headed west to Los Angeles, but took a 3-year detour in Columbia Missouri where I did one year’s graduate work in the Journalism School in photography at the University of Missouri. I spent a great deal of time traveling the back roads of Missouri photographing people and landscapes. I began my freelance career in Washington, DC in mid 1973. The only work I was able to get right off was the usual grip-and-grins and cocktail parties of various Trade Associations. Had to be willing to start somewhere and I needed the money of course.

But my turning point came in the spring of 1974. I met with the Director of PR at the American Petroleum Institute and we hit it off. He’d get me 100% access along with "guides" 24/7 for a week at the Gulf Oil Refinery located in Philadelphia. It didn’t pay me anything upfront - except a promise to purchase individual slides at $100.00 each. This was a gamble I couldn’t refuse. I sunk everything I had into film and processing envelops, saving money for gas and fast food. I slept in my car in the refinery’s parking lot, when I did sleep. I’d never been so excited in my life for this chance and I ran with it.

I had my first publication of real work in the API magazine, cover and 8 pages inside. And now I had something to tell folks when I called them.

But I kept shooting for myself everywhere I went. I made sure to bring my Lady (the Mannequin) and lots of b&w film. As my reputation grew and I received bigger and better assignments, I was able to incorporate more of my personal style into my corporate work. 1975–1982 was a great time to be a corporate shooter. VPs of Corporate Communications had large budgets and the blessings of the CEO to do whatever it took to make the Company look great in its Annual Report.

So to my personal work…well, people, landscapes, architecture, rust abstracts, the Mannequin. I’ve been doing all of those for over forty years.

I’ll tell you stories behind the images if you wish, and I’ll share any and all technical data. I’m not very good at explaining why I shot what I did when I did. I have no loft or flowery metaphysical or spiritual canned line of BS. I like to explain my reluctance by quoting the author DH Lawrence:

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:

  • Workshops
  • 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.