Last weekend saw Fermoy Camera Club hold their long awaited Photo-Fest. The event which was held in the dance hall of Fermoy Community Youth Centre, which was a huge success, showcased that the town of Fermoy and it’s community has the facilities, capabilities and willingness to run an event and exhibition that would rival anything that has been run in any major metropolis.
The FCC Photo-Fest was a celebration of the club’s first five years in existence as well as an opportunity for the club to say thank you to our many supporters throughout the years. Planning for the event commenced many months ago with the bold decision to take the best bits of other exhibitions and meld them all together to bring a new concept of exhibition to Fermoy.
The core element to the whole event was the photographs and for the first time photographers were invited to take their own panel to display a selection of their own work. This resulted in thirty three members taking their own section with collections ranging from three photos to fifteen. This also gave members the opportunity to print photos which expressed their own genre of photography which on a normal basis they might not get to exhibit.
To add to the event Frank Morgan Photographic Services set up a display to let people know the various different ways to enhance and print their photos from photo books, posters, canvasses etc. Frank and his team who are all members of the club were on duty all weekend offering help and advice to all.
The other main attraction on offer over the weekend was the Photo Booth set up by Cobh Pastimes. Cobh Pastimes is a photography Studio in Cobh with a difference. It is a studio where you can go for a Fun portrait with family or friends where you can dress up as anything from a cowboy to a pirate with backdrops and props to match. Fionnghuala Smith is the owner of Cobh Pastimes has been a great friend of Fermoy Camera Club since its inception. Over the weekend Fionnghuala brought up a Victorian set to let people dress up in. Fermoy Camera Club members were not shy in dressing up and posing in front of the camera, for a change!, which led to some hilarious group shots, a lot of which are available to view on our Facebook page, Fcc Fermoy.
The event was officially opened by Michael O’Sullivan, president of the Irish Photographic Federation, the governing body of camera clubs. Michael was lavish with his praise for the club on their achievements as a club and individually, internationally, nationally but mostly locally where he said that the club’s ethos of “Fun with Photography” which he noted is very much in evidence from the level of support members offer each other on the many occasions and events at which he has met us. Michael was also asked to pick what he felt was the “Photo of the Event”. He shortlisted and spoke about a number of different photographs before announcing the overall winner as being Geraldine Dorgan for her image “Girl with the Broken Smile” which he described as being a timeless portrait of Ger’s niece with an enigmatic smile similar to the Mona Lisa.
Following the speeches there was wine and a finger food buffet before everyone was offered a slice of the FCC birthday cake. This gave members the chance to catch up with friends from all the neighbouring clubs as well as those who travelled from the Clonakilty, Limerick and Kilkenny clubs to name but a few.
Sunday morning we felt we might have very few visitors on account of Fermoy playing in the Munster final and Ireland playing in the rugby. These fears proved unfounded however with the hall being constantly full to the point where we practically had to turn out the lights to finish the exhibition.
The club would like to publicly express it’s thanks to all its members, it’s sponsors, everyone who donated prizes for the amazing raffle, the staff members of Fermoy community Youth Centre for their continual support and help but most especially you for coming to support the event. Without the public support we received by those who attended the event it would not have been the phenomenal weekend of “Fun with Photography” that it was.