As a result of discussions in a recent thread this topic has generated some interest. The concept is that of a Photo Group Meeting where photographers get together periodically to share work and do critiques. I recently started such a group and would like to share my experiences and hear what others have to say. The discussions are about the images and what they are about and have to say. The primary discussions revolve around the feelings, emotions, lighting, composition, etc generated by the images. Very little technical discussions occur. A typical meeting goes like this: - Everyone shows up and hangs their work on the walls. - We go around the room and each photographer says a few words about their work. I believe that it is important to speak about your own work. - One person will select an image and offer their comments/critique with the group joining in. - The person whos image is selected then selects one and does the same thing. - This continues until everyone has had an opportunity to become involved. Our group is currently extremely informal meeting once a month and is growing in numbers. We have no mission statement or anything like that. We are purposely avoiding the typical camera club structure. While we have nothing against camera clubs we have simply chosen a different path. Anything that generates interest in photography is good thing in my estimation. We are about making and sharing expressive strong images not competitions and gadget discussions with the goal of learning and improving on our work. It also serves as a motivator to get out and shoot knowing that you want to have some work to share at the next meeting. We are planning a print exchange and do occasionally go out shooting as a group. The group is young and evolving but the interest is strong. We are fortunate to have two photography teachers involved. So much knowledge, experience and ideas are exchanged it is truly a wonderful learning experience and social event. We are planning wine and cheese for our December meeting.