It is clear to me that if my ambition is to be fulfilled, i.e. that if my photography is to break away from its current subject based style and er towards conceptual, that I need to see more Art and mix with a few artists. I am clear that I find no benefit from camera clubs. I did that years ago and did quite well in the various competitions and "Battles" (what a curious word they use for competition) with other clubs, but found the institutionalised world of rules and the RPS to be so restrictive. Even though I have an LRPS I never use it as I think it says too many wrong things rather than right.
The West Norfolk Artists Association is a group of artists and a few photographers who seem to me to have moved away from the club culture and (to my untrained eye) making some interesting work. I know its not like joining the Royal Academy but I am keen to mix a bit. I will write again about these people when I have met them more. I did look at their summer exhibition a few weeks ago and they were very warm people, full of charm and enthusiasm. I will write again on this later in the year.