A few months back, friend Chris Moody and I, decided to try and put together something that would serve the North East photographic community in various ways.
We were initially lured to the idea of a retail operation combined with a cafe and studio. So we started running some ideas and more importantly, numbers, and came to the conclusion that this was not feasible or applicable in the current retail market and economic climate. We threw hundreds of ideas around, but the main idea that stuck was that we wanted it to be a community based project, reacting and adapting to the needs of the local photographic community.
After many discussions and a lot of planning, the Photo Hub was born. The idea of the Photo Hub was to be constantly moving and incorporating fresh ideas and trends at the drop of a hat. The Hub was based on online social networking communities. There are hundreds of photographers who communicate and chat on the various networking sites and the role of the Photo Hub is to bring them together physically.
The aim is to offer support, help, tuition and networking, in a friendly, professional and encouraging environment. We aim to accommodate photographers who's experience level ranges from beginners all the way through to Professionals and bring them together to chat, have a drink and discuss the various aspects of photography. Most of all we want the Photo Hub community to dictate and participate in the Hub's future direction.
It all kicked off last Sunday (4th Nov) with our very first event day. Held at the Star and Shadow cinema in Newcastle, we held an afternoon of talks and activities. We were also joined by various suppliers who exhibited their goods and demonstrated the latest in photographic gear. Big thanks to the guys from Lencarta, Direct Digital Imaging (bringing their Phase One cameras with them) and Intro 2020 for joining us. Also thanks to Chris Ireland at completecaptureone.com for supplying our raffle prizes.
Thanks to our guest speakers for some very informative workshops and seminars and for a showcase of some truly inspiring images. Shout out to Phil Punton, John Picton, Montana Lowery and Mark Pinder.It was an excellent afternoon and the feedback we got from the audience was great.
As part of the Photo Hub we will be holding monthly meets (first one TBC) and every six months we will be holding bigger event like the one at the Star and Shadow.
It's all very exciting for everyone involved. If you would like more information on the Photo Hub, then please visit our facebook page.
Lastly, and most importantly, a big thank you to everyone that came and made the afternoon really enjoyable and worth while event.