At the tail end of 2020, we had an idea to launch a brand new photography-based Facebook group to showcase local photographers work and display all that’s right with Harrow through imagery.
The response from the community was overwhelming and thus the Harrow Online Photography Group was born. It has been created with the intention of giving every person, charity and organisation in the Harrow area a place for their photographic skills to be showcased and get their images out there to a wider audience.
In the short time it’s been around, the group has amassed over 600 members and many contributors who regularly post their snaps from around the borough.
Members have been posting shots from all over Harrow. Many of the photos are taken in the number of parks we are blessed with. The group took off just after the Autumn so lots of snaps featured the seasonal colours of the time.
Group member James Butler said of the group: “For me this group has given me a reason to take my camera out more, particularly during these tough and often very repetitive times. It’s inspiring to see other people’s photos and to discover parts of Harrow that I didn’t know existed as a result!”
Local photographer and group admin Bill Chalmers said: “The group is going from strength to strength and there is a wealth of talent contributing some amazing photos of Harrow and the surrounding areas, we also have a weekly challenge which is just a bit of fun to get you thinking and taking pictures!, the group is still in the early stages so there are lots more exciting things to come!”
Some of the fantastic weekly challenges so far include: Reflection, Shadows and seasonal challenges such as Christmas. The idea is to encourage the creativity of the group members by having a theme each week for the popular hashtag #FridayChallenge.
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Group member Pradlpta Choudhry said: “I am relatively new in this group. I particularly enjoy seeing and sharing different perspectives and composition of the known Harrow parks or public places. I have also discovered some new places around which I never knew existed. I am pleased to be a part of this very talented and creative group.”
Group member and contributor Fred Watson said: “I joined a few months ago and for me it’s a very friendly group with people from all walks who have that single passion for photography”.
One of the founding group members, Mateusz Juda said: “For Me, the group helps to show to other people, that the beauty is everywhere, and you just need to stop from time to time and look closer to see it.”