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Next meeting will be Wednesday, 12 June 2024 at 20:00

Come and join us at our Viewfinders club meeting. It will be held at the usual place.  The meeting will also be streamed live via Zoom, only to paid-up members.

In addition to holding the Annual General Meeting where we will review the current season’s activities, preview next season, and elect the new committee, we will devote part of the meeting to the presentation of member’s photos and photos from the “Street Photography” photo project.

Looking forward to seeing you at the club meeting on 12 June.

Richard Sylvester

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March-April 2024.pdf

Recent News

Announced Photo Walk – 20km of Brussels: May 26, 2024.

Announced Viewfinders and RPS-Benelux photo walks in Brussels, 18-20 May 2024.

We have published the Viewfinders edition number 302. See it here.

New web page published with details of the recent Minimal exhibition. Go here.

Photowalk to the Botanique Garden organized for mid-March. 

Viewfinders featured on Bruzz TV. Link in the Home page.

Worshop on ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) by Charlotte Bellamy coming on April. 

Photowalk to Brussels Bright Festival was organized on Friday 15 Feb.

Exhibition "Minimal" at BWC held from 14 January until February 9.

New photo albums from recent Projects and Challenges have been added on the website.

We have published the Viewfinders edition number 300. See it here.


© Omar Havana

May 2024

We viewed and discuss the photos that members submitted for the “Photo to Edit” project, our yearly photo interpretation and post-processing exercise. Eleven members presented their edits of the two photos that had been previously provided for this exercise, a Chinese bride and a Copenhagen street.

The resulting photos showed a wide range of interpretations based on cropping, composition, selective modification of  the colours, conversion to black and white, and the use of monochrome or high key. 

The main event of the evening was our external speaker, Omar Havana, a Spanish freelance photojournalist based in Brussels. Omar has worked as a professional photojournalist since 2005. Starting in 2009, photography and photojournalism have been his full-time job. Represented by Getty Images, his photos have been published in thousands of publications around the world.  From the beginning of his career, Omar has focused on working with humanitarian organizations across the world. He has covered stories in many different countries in Europe and southeast Asia, along with Tunisia, Egypt and Nepal.

The subject of Omar’s presentation was the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and photos from his book Endurance.  Living in Nepal at the time of the earthquake, Omar presented a very moving and emotional account of his life as a photo-journalist in Nepal after the quake, having to deal with the devastation and misery in the country, his difficulties in coping with the situation, but given strength by the smiles of the survivors, especially those of the children.

For more information on Omar, his very impressive work, and tributes to his book Endurance, see his website .

Richard Sylvester

April 2024

We started with the main event of the evening, which was one of our semi-annual Challenges, this time on the subject of “Patterns in Nature”. Our judge, Charlotte Bellamy, who moved to The Netherlands from England some 12 years ago, is a creative artist who uses Fine Art and Abstract Photography to showcase her love for the beauty of nature. provided comments on a selection of images and summarized her judging criteria.

Peter Loffler, with his colorful display of woodland leaves, received the award for the best projected image, while Joaquim Capitao received the award for the best print with his photo of a colorful Spanish cliff which resembled the close-up of a gemstone. The best overall image award went to Endre Sebok for his photo of dew drops on a spider web. The People’s Choice award was given to Miguel Angel for his photo of a Feather Duster Worm taken on a coral reef in the Philippines. Honorable Mentions went to Annette Boon, Endre Sebok and Joaquim Capitao.

After the Challenge, Gueric Rommel then presented a short tutorial on street photography in preparation for June’s “Street Photography” Photo Project.

Although Gueric’s photographic work is mainly in street photography, it is a wide topic with no clear cut definition. There are different styles and settings in street photography including urban, animals, light and shadow. His main focus was, however, on people interacting with each other in groups on the street. By pushing B&W film, he presented gritty, high contrast, close-up photos of crowds of people showing the hardness of street life.

He discussed some of the techniques and tips for good street photography which include people: the use of B&W film versus digital cameras, the advantage of using a small light weight discreet camera, shooting using manual focus with the zone technique, not moving the camera around, not looking through the viewfinder, getting in close, and being on your own. In a crowd, no one notices you. You can walk around or stay put waiting for the action to come to you. For the street photography of children, it should be together with the family,  their approval and interaction.

Richard Sylvester

© Miguel Angel Vilar
© Endre Sebok
© Peter Löffler 
© Joaquim Capitao

March 2024

Adrian gave a short intro on shooting fireworks. You can see a copy of his presentation "Shooting Fireworks" in the Tutorials web page.

Our guest speaker was Katherine Maguire, from the Benelux Chapter of the UK Royal Photographic Society (RPS). She has an Associate Distinction from the RPS and is currently the editor of the Benelux Chapter’s eJournal.

She is a Dutch photographer, originally from Cumbernauld Scotland, she moved to Amsterdam in 1997 and gained her new nationality last year. Her main photography interests have included HDR, cityscapes and ICM before switching to a project-based approach.

Her vision being permanently blurred by a rare disease which resulted in a loss of sight and a shallow depth of field, she gave us a glimpse into the world of the restricted vision of individuals with damaged retinas. She discussed why some 6 years ago she started a photo project about her illness, showed paired images from her ARPS distinction panel (shallow depth of field/normal depth of field) and described how she went about creating them.

She then moved on to present her current self-portrait photo project (I am not invisible, but my illness is), explained why she started it, showed some examples, and discussed how she created her composite photos. They were absolutely amazing. A very thought provoking, interactive discussion followed.

Through her work, she discovered a strength that she didn’t know that she had. Her photography was therapeutic, allowing her to overcome her limitations and improve her quality of life. Her work serves as an inspiration to others for overcoming the limitations of their illnesses.

Thank you Katherine for having had the courage to present your very special story to us. 

You can see here a more detailed introduction, as well as a copy of the presentation she gave in the Tutorial Notes web page (Direct links: Introduction, and Presentation). For more information about Katherine and her latest work, see her current website, older work can be found here, and  here

Viewfinders was featured on BRUZZ TV !!

You can view the original article in BRUZZ TV here.

“Minimal photography”, like painting and music from the shared artistic movement of the 1950s and 60s, seeks to show essential subjects, principles or processes by removing unnecessary distraction from the message to let that one primary motif shine through.

Even while the photographic frame is a very limited fragment of the world, we can limit it even further by deliberately choosing to show less. When it is less, when it is nothing more than that one subject or notion, then the message of the photograph can be crystal clear. No distractions, no confusions, no other elements that might distort the message – just one notion, presented there as a constant feature for us to contemplate and enjoy.

Sixteen photographers from Viewfinders Photography Club of Brussels, collectively present their vision on minimal photography.

COLLECTIVE: Largest exhibition organized by the club. 

 Visit the exhibition's page for more information and

Take a 3D virtual tour  !

“Collective” offers participants and visitors an opportunity to explore the full range of the photographic art and what it can mean in our society today. Each of the 38 artists – members of Viewfinders - chooses their own theme and style, yielding an extensive view of the photographic medium, from expressing an artistic intent to documenting the world around us. This showcase of the creativity and skill of the members highlights the beauty and power of photographs.

VIEWS ON TIME

13 photographers bring you their personal view on something we all have too little of…

A photograph can capture a fleeting 1/100th of a second, recording our observable world for art or for posterity, nailing down an instant: all motion frozen, emotions seized to assure future joy. Or with skill, we can bend time to creative advantage, bringing new perspectives and motion to life within the confines of our image.

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