Strong focus on photography
THIRTY-FIVE years as a member of the Ipswich Photography Society is a pretty good record by any standard - and that is what Brassall resident Zita Brown has achieved having joined the photo club in 1989.
Photography is in Zita's blood.
She has had a camera since she was 12 years old but it wasn't until she won a share in the Golden Casket that she bought her first single lens reflex camera.
Since then her photographic journey propelled her into photographing hundreds of newly born babies in the Ipswich area.
Zita took over from her son-in-law after he ceased his baby photography practice in 1995.
Since then, she has photographed many Ipswich babies and, in some instances she has photographed babies of people she photographed at birth years before.
She developed all her own images, setting up her dark room in the laundry of her home and spending many hours there on a daily basis.
Her signature photos were black and white - unless colour images were requested.
Belonging to the Ipswich Photographic Society provided Zita with many other photographic opportunities.
She reminisced about travelling to places like Lord Howe Island with professional photographers, enhancing her photographic skills that resulted in her winning many awards.
The digital era forced Zita to learn new photographic skills as well as the use of the digital darkroom - a computer.
Technology does not faze this 84-year-old.
Today she uses Adobe Bridge and Photoshop to enhance her images, a far cry from the long hours spent in a dark room with chemicals.
In recognition for her work and commitment to the club, Zita was made a life member of the Ipswich Photographic Society in the year 2000.
Snap up chance to learn more
THE Ipswich Photographic Society is one of the oldest photographic clubs in Queensland, having been formed in 1890 as the Ipswich and West Moreton Photographic Society.
The name was changed to the Ipswich Amateur Photographic Society in 1901 and then to its current name The Ipswich Photographic Society in 1953.
A range of planned activities are held throughout each year to give members the opportunity to further develop their photographic skills.
These include monthly workshops, outings, guest speaker evenings, inter-photo club competitions and a monthly photo competition with subject material set for each month.
The Ipswich Photographic Society meets at the Old Ipswich Courthouse, corner of Roderick and East Sts, on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 7pm.