The Simsbury Camera Club thrives because of the dedicated volunteer spirit of our members. George Zars was one of our past members who exemplified that spirit. In looking to honor his memory, I was inspired to organize this column which will recognize members past and present who have, over time, exhibited participation and volunteerism above and beyond that of the average member. This “Member Recognition Column”, written by Lou Norton, (at times extrapolating information from previous issues of “Focal Point”, by Ben Skaught), will highlight a member about every two months and will be archived on our website for future reference.
In this edition we have the ladies stepping up to the plate! To complete the season, we are featuring JUDY RABINOWITZ, another long time and valued member of our club. Since Lou Norton is currently occupied with his professional writing, he asked me to substitute in composing this article. Comparable to the members we have highlighted, Judy contributed a lot to our club bringing us forward to where we are today. At a meeting in Eno while we view the scored submissions of the month, you often will hear a voice echo from the back asking, “Is the maker here?” You will realize Judy is in the room as often she poses a question regarding their picture. Judy is an entertaining commentator at these meetings as well. The club appreciates having Judy as a member.
Feel free to email me names of deserving honorees.
Written by Alene Galin
Though the romance may have faded, Judy Rabinowitz’s love of photography never dwindled. She credits a former boyfriend with teaching her how to look and capture what she observed on film. A member of the Simsbury Camera Club since the early 2000s, Judy has been one of the most active serving as commentator for competitions, vice president, president and continues serving by helping as commentator today. When asked why Judy joined the club, she replied “because I wanted to connect with other people who had a serious interest in photography and learn what I could do to improve my image-making”.
Judy started taking snapshots when she was a kid. “I just recently discovered the print of what was probably my very first art photograph – a rowboat on sparkling water, taken when I was about 10 or 11. It wasn’t a bad first effort. I got more serious about photography when I was in my early 20s, bought my first SLR and began taking slides – mostly vacation photos and New York street scenes.” Judy’s first camera was a Brownie box camera, and her first SLR was a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic. Later she became enamored with the autofocus capability on her next SLR, the Minolta Maxxum. “This gave me greater freedom to photograph animals, which always seemed to move just after I got them in (manual) focus! I now shoot digitally with a Panasonic Lumix. “
Like other long-time members, Judy witnessed many changes in the club. She described the popularization of digital cameras as ‘bringing lots of people into photography in a big way’. A desire to know more about what they could do with their equipment and the new technology brought many of them into SCC. This expansion became both fun and educational because there was such a wide variety in the types of images people captured and the techniques they favor. Judy defined the club as all about learning from each other, and diverse points of view; and she found the differing levels of expertise to be a ‘terrific blend”.