Focus on Buncrana Camera Club

Members of Buncrana Camera Club. Photo: Claire Withy.
Members of Buncrana Camera Club. Photo: Claire Withy.

Buncrana Camera Club is set to host its fourth annual exhibition this weekend.

The club, renowned for their celebrated shots of the peninsula, was formed almost four years ago by approximately 12 to 15 Inishowen people.

They came from all walks of life, but all had a common passion of photography.

They had no formal structure and met every Tuesday night to share ideas, tips and knowledge with each other.

Every second week, they’d travel throughout Inishowen and Derry, taking pictures of what interested them.

In alternative weeks, they met at an indoor venue in a bid to educate themselves with as much knowledge as they could about photography.

Over the years, the club has grown considerably and there are now just over seventy members involved.

They meet weekly in the downstairs function room of O’Flaherty’s bar in Buncrana and are “forever grateful” to the owner Jean O’Flaherty who has offered her premises for the meetings.

Over the years, the club has grown and changed somewhat considerably. It is now a very organised, structured and large organisation, but still retains that friendly, homely feeling of a small club.

This small club has reached the world, with pictures shared on facebook, twitter, in the local and national press and television.

Buncrana Camera Club is a well-recognised name and the club prides itself on the fact its photographs have brought drives of tourists to the peninsula.

This was most notable in their photographs of the Aurora Borealis, which they affectionately termed ‘Rory.’

These photographs, shared across social media, led to an influx of tourists travelling to Inishowen in search of the Northern Lights.

Two years ago, the club also prepared their own tribute to the Irish athletes competing in that year’s Paralympic and Olympic games, by recreating the famous Olympic rings.

They did so by burning steel wool and photographing it from the Castle Bridge in Buncrana.

Members have also covered rare wildlife, sporting events, photographed the Milky Way, portraits, studio work, nature, street photography, long exposure, low light, and night photography among others.

Some members have also been commissioned to work on RTE film sets as stills photographers. They have also done a huge amount of work to help promote local charities.

Not bad for a small group of friends who wanted to pass a Tuesday evening just a few short years ago.

The exhibition, which will be located in the premises beside Buncrana Court Office, opens this Friday, 4th July at 8pm. It continues until Saturday, July 20th from 12-6pm and later during the festival.