'Loyal' Potters Bar photographer steps down after leading society for over 50 years

Ken Southam in front of part of the society's permanent exhibition at Wyllyotts Centre, in Potters Bar. Photo credit: Philip Jones.

Ken Southam in front of part of the society's permanent exhibition at Wyllyotts Centre, in Potters Bar. Photo credit: Philip Jones.

Philip Jones

A Potters Bar photographer who has led the photographic society for over 50 years is stepping down at 90 years old.

Potters Bar and District Photographic Society has been in existence for nearly 70 years and for 53 of those, its stalwart has been Ken Southam, who is now 90 years old.

At the society’s recent Annual General Meeting, Ken stood down from the post that he has held for so long.

Ken said: “There have been many changes in photography during my time with the society, not least the almost wholesale adoption of digital capture to replace film.

“The techniques and the need for the ‘photographer’s eye’ still remain and it continues to be challenging and a rewarding hobby.

“I am standing down from the committee but not putting down my camera.

“It has been a pleasure to have helped the society for so long but now is the time to hand over the accounts to someone new. “I am still sometimes shooting on film and keep working in the darkroom.”

Out-going society president, Colin Strong, said: “Ken is now stepping down, leaving the club finances in a sound and secure state for his successor.

“Ken has always kept a tight control over our purse strings, doing what a treasurer should, questioning every expenditure proposal, encouraging any method of increasing funds and, generally, keeping some of our wilder ideas in check.

“It is difficult to thank him enough for such a long and faithful service but, on behalf of the committee and the club, I congratulate him and thank him for his immense loyalty and support.

“We look forward to his continued attendance at society evenings.”

With a current exhibition at the Wyllyotts Centre in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar and a programme of competitions, presentations and visits, the society has a varied line-up of events for photographers at all levels of experience.

The society will reconvene after the summer on September 4, at Wyllyotts Centre on Monday evenings from 7.30pm.

Further information can be found at http://pottersbarphotosoc.org.uk

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