Triathlons put local camera club member in the frame

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

IMAGES of some of the most gruelling and toughest sporting events, which are often sidelined by the national media, have earned local photographer Gordon Thomson an associateship with the Irish Photographic Federation.

IMAGES of some of the most gruelling and toughest sporting events, which are often sidelined by the national media, have earned local photographer Gordon Thomson an associateship with the Irish Photographic Federation.

Limerick Camera Club said they were delighted with this announcement in Limerick Institute of Technology at the weekend, making Gordon the third club member to receive this prestigious honour, among 60 people nationally. Fellow club members Sean Reidy and Inaki Hernandez, a native of Bilbao, have already been bestowed upon with this honour. A native of Edinburgh, Gordon moved here 24 years ago to work as an engineer with Analog Devices, and after dabbling a bit in photography, he said it only took off in the last few years.

He is particularly interested in covering triathlons, which he feels are the “poor cousins of GAA matches” in terms of media coverage, especially as a past competitor and organiser. The prolific photographer who now lives in Patrickswell also gives free beginners classes to new members signing up with the Limerick Camera Club, which are run outside of the normal club hours. These will resume again in the coming weeks.

The club was formed in 1947, now counts 85 enthusiastic, snap-happy members and the longest-serving among them is George Spillane, 83, from Corbally, who is still active today. In the past 69 years the club has produced many notable photographers.

Among those who started out with the club is acclaimed Limerick photographer Gerry Andrews, whose work is currently on display in the Hunt Museum and examines Limerick life in the 1970s.

The club meets every Wednesday in Mary Immaculate College at 8pm in room 206. New members are always welcome.

Renowned Scottish photographer Libby Smith will be giving a talk on Thursday, October 4, at 8pm in the Absolute hotel. Tickets are priced at €8 and are available on the door.