Wilmslow Photographic Society gallery
PUBLISHED: 12:37 26 April 2011 | UPDATED: 18:22 20 February 2013
Wilmlsow Guild Photographic Society have been focussing on life in the town for more than 80 years
Gary Shultz has always liked to have something to get his teeth into and he has his family to thanks for that. The chairman of the Wilmslow Guild Photographic Society inherited two key interests from his father - he followed him into dentistry and also developed his passion for photography.
And despite having been a keen photographer since he was a teenager, Gary has his wife to thank for him joining the Wilmslow group.
My wife saw some pictures in an exhibition and suggested I get in touch, said Gary. That was four years ago and Im the chairman now.
I was a keen amateur for years before that and I have always taken pictures. I joined to improve my photography - Im particularly interested in landscapes and portraits.
My first camera was an Ilford Sportsman when I was about 14. My dad bought it for me, he was an award winning photographer. He was a dentist too maybe theres something in that, perhaps its our attention to detail.
The Wilmslow Photographic Society was formed in the 1930s and now has about 70 members on its books - ages range from 20-odd to 60-odd - and they have excelled in competitions locally, nationally and even internationally.
They came third overall out of almost 70 clubs in the Natural History Print Section of last years Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union Annual Competition and finished in seventh place overall.
And their members also triumphed in a photographic battle with a photographic society in Australia. We sent 30 pictures to Sydney and they sent 30 pictures to us and we marked each others, Gary said. The final scores were 628 points to Sydney and 631 points to us.
That was just a bit of fun, but we do have some excellent photographers. Were also a very sociable group and we are always happy to meet new members, whatever their standard.
The Wilmslow Guild Photographic Society meet at 7.30pm each Wednesday in the Wilmslow Guild. They hold regular competitions and host guest experts. Visit their website - www.wgps.org.uk - to find out more.