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The Club Chronicle Interview #6: Northeastern Photography Club

Interview conducted on February 7th, 2019

What is your name and how are you involved in the Northeastern Photography Club?

My name is Sam Penny, I’ve been a part of NuPic as long as i’ve been in college. As a freshman I joined and I’m now the president having previously served as the activities director. I’m 4th year mechanical engineer student and I also pole vault.

What does your club do here on campus?

NuPic or officially known as the Northeastern photography club is the only photography club on campus. We seek to be a community, hub, or network for photographers on campus. We do that by hosting workshops, guest speakers, outings, and photowalks so people can practice photography, learn about photography, and learn from other photographers in the community. We’re trying to emphasize learning from guest speakers in particular this semester.

What kinds of events do you put on?

Workshops, guest speakers, and outings are our main events. But with the winter weather it’s not viable to go outside. We also have a big collaboration coming up so keep an eye out for an announcement!

Is there any outing that sticks out in your memory?

We almost always go to the Esplanade, but we’ve gone to Jamaica Pond before. Back when I was a freshman there was a small group that went up to Mount Willard in New Hampshire. The Eboard rented two minivans and we all drove up there and on the way back we did a tour of the Omni Hotel. I’m hoping we could pull one of those events off in the future.

Photo by Muhammad Elarbi featured in Pixel Magazine

What are some examples of past events or activities you’ve done?

We haven’t really had too many large scale events. We don’t really host too many big things often. Our outings are pretty well received. We’ve also started publishing a magazine, Pixel Magazine, every semester. We’re looking to print that’s physically. We also have a gallery up in Curry, and that is a repeat event. So if people want to see NUPic members work displayed its up on the third floor. We also feature people on our instagram account.

Can you tell me more about the magazine?

We are definitely looking for writers and editors. You can apply for the position on our website. It’s handled by other Eboard members so I don’t know a lot about it. The theme of the magazine changes every semester. Typically it will be featuring photos from club members as well as more in depth pieces on people in the Boston photography community, highlighting their journey as a photographer, talking about who they are, how they develop their style, things like that.

How do you normally advertise things like your events and the magazine?

Mostly through our newsletter and Instagram and Facebook. The weekly newsletter will have most if not all of the information about events. We’re also at the Winter Involvement Fair and FallFest too. We also have a website which is nupic.club. On the website members can pay a fee and be featured on the website and have their portfolio, so that could be their online presence. For a whole year they’ll be featured on our website. People have gotten jobs this way. It’s information about yourself, contact info, and a small portfolio. It’s like a mini online showcase of you and your work.

The latest issue of Pixel Magazine.

You mentioned having a Facebook and Instagram what are those account handles?

Instagram is NUpicofficial and Facebook is NUPiC. We have a page and a group, the group is more active and it’s called NEU Photography Club. That’s the one people should join if they want up to date information.

Do you meet regularly? If so, when?

We meet regularly on Tuesdays at 8pm in Hastings 205. If we have outings we’ll meet elsewhere on the weekends.

How many students are involved in your club?

I wanna say 40 people total are fairly active. Not everyone can meet all the time but we have a revolving door of about 40 people.

How can students get involved in your club?

The level of commitment is lax, show up when you can. If you want more information on what’s happening in the future people can go to the website and sign up for our newsletters.

Photo featured in Pixel Magazine by Brian Bae.

What’s one thing you wished people knew about your club?

I wished they knew we exist and that you don’t need to have prior experience or knowledge about photography to join. We’re here to be a hotspot for that information.

Do you provide any equipment for those people who are trying to get into photography and don’t have prior experience?

We don’t have any equipment, I wish we did, but it’s not in our budget. But if you have an Iphone, you know, that’s a camera. I should also emphasize that many members have multiple cameras and are more than happy to lend it out. So if someone wants to try out a camera in all likelihood we could make it happen.

What is your favorite part about your club?

It gets me outside and it gets me taking pictures. Most of the time I don’t have a reason to go outside and just take pictures, but being in the club gives me a fantastic structure to get out and do the thing I like. I like to call myself an amateur photographer but I don’t really practice on my own outside of this. Also I love the people we meet, I met one of my really good friends from this.