Our Tue Chiang Mai Camera Club meeting went ok with the usual lack of supplies. ha ha No Projector, No Computer â€“ and a rain storm â€“ BUT still we had a great meeting. Bert, Jim and Steve (who brought a friend, Iâ€™ll talk about him in a minute) and me, of course.
Got to talk about a lot of different photographic topics and also found out about the latest news on the CMPGâ€™s happenings. They have or are going to start up workshops for Photoshop and Lightroom, and have a instructor ready â€“ nice. I think they are waiting for renovations to the old Tuskerâ€™s site and will continue there. Chiang Mai Photographic Group would be the place to go. They have all the equipment and space and attendance to offer you what you want. I am very glad to hear that the â€˜managementâ€™ has stepped up to the latest software and plans to offer workshops in the future â€“ bravo, finally grew up. Highly recommend you check them out.
Sooooooo â€¦. I recommended to our group that we change our venue to a social group of expats (informal â€“ not to compete with the CM Expats Club or CMPG ) who still want to discuss their photography and other ideas and continue to meet a Sangdee on every other Tue. Iâ€™ll let you know what was decided when we have our next meeting.
Now back to Steveâ€™s friend â€“ Philip Ward and his project â€œThe Laos Childrenâ€™s Workshop’â€. He told us all about his accomplishments and problems starting and developing the center. Fascinating â€“ Heâ€™s here trying to find equipment and resources that they are in desperate need of. Computers, Tools, Cameras, Software, and of course money — etc. Iâ€™m going to help him out with tutorial software collection I have - Check out their website and maybe you can help too â€“ Please contact Philip – see if you can help in any way —- these kids really need your help. Help these kids develop a skill that can support them when they leave the orphanage. Life is unimaginable in Lao when you have no education or a saleable skill but they are also considered outcast tribal boys â€“ bleak !!! HELP GIVE THEM A FIGHTING CHANCE.