It has been almost a year since Joshua and I took over Vision. As we get ready for the handing over to the next heads, it can be useful to reflect upon the happenings of the year; and while it is true that we should look to the future in our plans and aspirations, it is also good to reflect on the past and learn from our mistakes and build upon our strengths.
A brief history
From a small CCA with only approximately 10 people, KE Vision now has over 80 members, with a healthy dose of new members wishing to pick up photography as a skill or interest and even a sizeable group of semi-professionals. Arguably, the rise of KE Vision can be attributed to 3 years ago when Lex took over as Head, and alongside him were a team of competent seniors. Following him, Zong Xian and Eric sought to make photography interesting and attractive, frequently implementing photowalks to promote hands-on learning. They also started Faces of KE to increase the awareness of those working hard behind the scenes, as well as a tiny KE gallery outside Incub room.
Last year, Ruoyang and Kenneth decided to make the entire CCA more streamlined and efficient, implementing lessons taught by seniors, great administrative tools like a bell-curved attendance and major coverage points. Ruoyang also taught with passion and it is clear that many of us now would not be here without him.
The birth of the Exco
Given the fabulous job that our previous head had done, we had high expectations of us. If it was just the two of us, it is unlikely that we can match up to what he has done. However, we were determined to improve Vision even more, and thus recruited the help of like-minded seniors.
The team, consisting of Deon, Hao Yang, Jian You, Feng Shuo, Boon Long, Van, Tan Wei and Ruoyang himself, served not only as mentors but as a glue to keep members interested in Vision and photography and as our advisors as well. Given that it is our first time, it is not perfect, but we could not have made it without them.
Let’s start with the positives. I would like to think that we have done a great job in recruitment, especially during KEWOC. Not only did we have photographers planted in the groups (though not necessarily intentional), the official photographers made known their presence by interacting with freshies and ultimately also coming up with a convincing slideshow. Even before the CCA fair, the number of people interested in joining us has almost exceeded last year’s numbers and our member quota.
We have also implemented mentorship during the IBG period, where most members touched the camera for the first time. We carried on with the weekly lessons by the seniors, and fulfilled most of our coverage duties to the hall. We planned and executed photowalks to allow members exposure to more than just hall coverage. We sent our members to a professional course, allowing them to learn from a professional instructor.
We have also formed new partnerships. For the first time, we had a photowalk conducted by Olympus where members learnt about light stacking and painting. We partnered with OSA to provide event coverage while supplementing our CCA budget. We also linked up with OCR to allow some seniors help with press coverage.
There are also many other exciting initiatives. We implemented Photo of the Month, injecting a little friendly competition into our CCA. We are planning a partnership with MarkedShot, a platform for photography competitions, as well as a photo exhibition to the public for the first time ever. Despite the usual trend of getting a camera every 2 years, in this year alone, we managed to secure 3 cameras for Vision.
But we are not perfect. Not every member is hitting our desired levels of proficiency and passion. The attendance for some events is bad, and there have been complaints over the discrepancy in standard of the pictures uploaded. The delay in the processing of some administrative matters is also longer that it should have been.
This does not mean that it has to remain this way for good. We are aware of our shortcomings, and have, in good faith, entrusted the next set of Vision heads to take over with the hopes of improving the CCA even more than we have.
As Vision, we strive to serve both the Hall and our members. We have seen to the needs of the Hall, and often beyond. We have seen our members grown both personally and professionally. This is why we will continue to walk this path.
This is KE Vision.
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to my Head Joshua, MD Ruoyang, the XXXco, and everyone else who has in one way or another helped us out.
My blog posts will be infrequent and irregular but eventually, I hope to document what I have learnt.