Geoff Dickinson writes: The Christchurch earthquake has implications for everyone in the country it seems, unfortunately even little old Waikato Photographic Society
We were scheduled to have our March competition judged by Newell Grenfell of Christchurch whose home was at the epicentre of the quake and was extensively trashed as a result. He was, I believe, in the process of judging even as the quake struck. Fortunately our images were not damaged but of course the judging has not been completed. In the circumstances we have asked Newell not to worry about us and have asked him to contact us when he is ready. We are hoping to reschedule the March competition for later in the year if possible.
This means that next Tuesday’s competition night will not happen. In its place we are putting together a fun photo quiz. We know that there are loads of fund raising initiatives for earthquake relief at the moment but any donations (call it an entry fee if you like) will be welcomed and we will pass this on to the Red Cross. We may if time permits add a little something else (as you may have noticed we are making this up as we go along!!!).
On a purely dispassionate photographic level, there have been some amazing images produced of the earthquake aftermath and relief efforts which are worth studying in their own right. Seeing such images can evoke all sorts of feelings and emotions which for some viewers may prove uncomfortable and photojournalists often get a bad press for being insensitive and intrusive. Their job though is to inform and educate and the images I have seen from the New Zealand press have portrayed the events and people of the last 12 days or so in a totally professional way.
See you around Geoff (March 2011)