Group ThirtyOne was founded on Monday 12th of May 2014 in Dundas Ontario.
A camera group founded on the principles that all members and photographers are equal, that all members be encouraged to grow and advance through visual presentation and communication.
To promote the art of photography through peer to peer relationships.
‘The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity’
Alberto Giacometti 1901 - 1966
Our Humble Beginnings
On Monday, May the 12th, 2014 at 7:15pm, an avid group of photographers sat down in the home of Sandra Lucas in Dundas, Ontario to discuss the prospects of forming a new group or collective of very keen photographers. The facilitator of the group, Colin Williams, a past president of the Hamilton Camera Club, felt there had to be a newer approach to managing a group of like minded photographers. The idea of doing away with an executive approach of looking after a group and pursuing the idea of a self managed group was discussed at length. The outcome of that discussion was that all would participate whenever possible but that personal lives should be considered first and no member would be removed because of his or her own personal commitments. The group took the approach that a more relaxed collective would be congenial and that changes to the group’s structure would require approval from the rest of the group. It was generally felt that an online website and gallery would be a way of promoting photographers within the group. The idea of presenting work in a public gallery or venue was well received. After some discussion, Paul Kiely proposed the name of “30-1 Group” as a name for the group. That name not being available as a domain on the internet was shelved. The next day Lorna Parcher suggested the name of “Group ThirtyOne” which was generally supported and is now the official name of the group. It was also felt that the number of members admitted to the group would expand at a slow rate with a cap of thirtyone members moving into the future.
Jennifer Lockhart took minutes of the first meeting.
'You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus'
Mark Twain 1835 - 1910
'Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible'
Francis of Assisi 1181 - 1226
The Story Behind Our Group Name
At the first meeting of the group Colin Williams told the story of how an image of his had been scored at a judging of an assignment on Black and White at the Hamilton Camera Club. The assignment produced a lot of good black and white prints with a few images getting in the high 20s. One particular image received a thirty (a perfect score) but 5 images later Colin’s image was presented, one of the judges asked “does this club give 31s” ………… Thirtyone became a focal point of humurous discussion playing an important part in establishing a name for the group, at the same time the idea of keeping the group to no more than thirtyone members was adopted with the consent of all.
‘The fact that the camera is a machine does not imply that photography is entirely a mechanical process . . . it is still the human mind which selects the subject, decides the photographer’s approach to it, and guides the lens’
Andreas Feininger 1906 - 1999