Text by Chuck Place
At the end of one of my Santa Barbara City College photography classes, students often ask how to continue their photo education. I discuss the excellent photography program at SBCC, but at some point I begin to realize this is more of a commitment in time and money than the student is willing to make.
When that happens, I bring up a great alternative available here in Santa Barbara—the Channel City Camera Club.
The Channel City Camera Club, or CCCC, was founded in 1939 with an aim to “further the art of photography, to share all photographic knowledge with less experienced members, and to promote a fellowship dedicated to photography among the membership.” Those same goals still guide the club, but they make the process a lot of fun as well. During the club’s eight decades, it has grown to become the largest camera club on the Central Coast and certainly the most active.
The Club is a wonderful blend of education, competition and fascinating programs. Members meet 2-3 times most months at Farrand Hall in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History at 7:00PM on Tuesday evenings and visitors are welcome at any time.
This month alone included an Exhibition Night on September 4 where member’s images were judged by two outside judges and one club member judge. Coming up September 18 is a Program Night by well known photographer Bill Hendricks with a presentation of his Cuba images and on September 25, an Education/Training Night will be presented by club member Bob Rottenberg on Bird Photography.
And then there are the field trips as well as big print exhibitions like the one that recently ran last month at the Faulkner Gallery in the Santa Barbara Public Library.
This popular exhibit showcased the huge range of amazing images created by this talented group and drew large audiences.
If you have caught the photography bug, in spite of getting a flu shot, and want to continue to develop your photographic vision, there is no better group to join than the Channel City Camera Club. It may not be a cure for a new photography obsession, but the Club will certainly make dealing with it a whole lot more fun.