Civilisation is the sum of individuals joining to learn from, and to help, each other and to progress together. We’ve been doing it for some time, yet it still isn’t mastered. We forget we gain from sharing and from being open to ideas, and often turn inwards to protect what we think is ours. We’ve held a lot of events this year, and classes where photographers work together at the same subject. It always amazes me that even when five are facing the same subject it’s possible to get five completely different images, with distinct style and emphasis. When we compare and discuss, it isn’t just my students who discover something new or a fresh approach to familiar themes. Everyone benefits from sharing and from seeing a new way for the first time. This is why camera clubs are important. Without clubs we’d be individuals working blinkered and blind to what we have yet to see. When photographers come together, they learn and progress. The greater the range of age, gender, nationality or interest, the more there is to gain. Yet I still hear of less-than-warm welcomes for folk who don’t ‘fit in’. The square pegs miss out as much as the round ones, and the loss is to progress, enjoyment and satisfaction Take part in this week's poll Are you in a camera club? by clicking on the link.