DYNAMIC RANGE: Surat Shutterbugs member Sandy Macdonald with 'Ellie's Eye'.
DYNAMIC RANGE: Surat Shutterbugs member Sandy Macdonald with 'Ellie's Eye'. Blake Antrobus

Surat Shutterbugs to open ‘SHOT’ exhibition tonight

FOR Sandy Macdonald, the Surat Shutterbugs is more than just a gathering for photographers who want to improve on their talent; it’s a gathering of close friendship between rural women.

The photography group will open its new exhibition, SHOT, at the Roma on Bungil Gallery tonight, which showcases a collection of eclectic photographs taken by its members.

Roma local Peter Lude, who previously worked with the group, has printed the photographs to be displayed in the gallery.

Ms Macdonald said the exhibition combined a diverse range of photos that included personal selections from the goup, along with some of their best works.

“We’ve got photos from Scotland, Africa, the Australian outback - it’s an incredibly diverse range of works we’ve put together.”

Surat Shutterbugs organiser Marie Bright said the group had been very active since their founding in 2004, going from only four members to 12 in the space of a few years.

“We just started coming together with the intention to improve our photography and create friendships between group members,” she said.

“It just seemed to power along from there.”

The Shutterbugs have been active around the Surat region, actively photographing the Australia Day celebrations in Surat for the past 5-6 years.

The group recently received the Cultural Award at Surat’s Australia Day Celebrations for their work.

“It’s a challenging and exciting time for us all, but we’re looking forward to opening this exhibition and giving something back to the community,” Ms Bright said.

The exhibition opens at 5.30pm.


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