I have to agree with Jorge here. And I would add that enthusiasm about photographic equipment and enthusiasm about photography are not necessarily the same thing. It is perfectly possible to indulge both interests (and I certainly do) but you can easily have one without the other, and many people seem to (traditional as well as digital).
There are an awful lot of small local clubs and societies here in the UK which meet regularly and hold public exhibitions from time to time, but they are not to everyone's tastes. Personally the only thing I am doing locally "on the hoof" to participate in the world of traditional photography is simply getting out there and doing it.