Opening Reception for Boston Camera Club’s Outdoor Photo Exhibition Draws Crowd to Seaport

The rain subsided just in time for the Opening Reception of the Boston Camera Club’s photography exhibition, The Focused Eye: Our Unique Views on July 25, 2021 in Boston’s Seaport District. The Sunday afternoon gathering was a celebration of the year-long project that culminated in featuring 88 large-scale member images printed on a 250-ft long banner, complemented with additional creative content by local community partners.

The Public Green on Fan Pier was filled with a large crowd for the reception as attendees came to view the outdoor exhibition and to interact with the participating photographers and community partners in attendance. In addition to light refreshments, a drawing was held to win a free one-year membership to the Boston Camera Club (a $70 value)!

“The excitement of the opening reception is a fitting capstone to the photo banner project as it continues to bring joy everyday to those who see it on display,” said Boston Camera Club President Tom Hill. “We are absolutely thrilled with the response from both the public art community as well as local residents and visitors.”

The Boston Globe recently featured the photo banner in an article titled, “Boston Camera Club unspools its art along Fan Pier.

“When people couldn’t connect in-person, Boston Camera Club looked for new ways for photographers to click. The nonprofit’s first outdoor exhibit, “The Focused Eye: Our Unique Views,” spreads 88 member photographs over a ribbon-like display along Fan Pier in the Seaport District.” Continue reading at The Boston Globe website.

The Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) “Around Town” TV show released a 30-minute documentary of The Focused Eye: Our Unique Views, the Boston Camera Club’s outdoor photography exhibition. The program brought together the voices of the participating photographers and the community partners that created their own art in response to the images. The show features exclusive interviews and a fascinating presentation by curator Emily Belz who sequenced the photographs for the banner exhibition. The documentary is available online and is currently being aired on BNN. [Click here to view the BNN schedule and to view the “Around Town” TV Documentary online.].

“Fabulous! Gorgeous pictures ... art meets art, artist meets artist ... a wonderful collaboration,” is how GBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen described the “giant span of photography” on the Morning Edition radio show. The exhibition encompasses an entire city block at Northern Avenue and Marina Park Drive in the Seaport. “I felt like I was in a museum, but outdoors,” said Bowen.

The banner project is the largest exhibition by the BCC and will be on public display at Fan Pier through November 2021. The Focused Eye: Our Unique Views is generously funded by Tufts Medical Center, Blue Hour Photo Ventures and two anonymous gifts. The Boston Camera Club is especially thankful to the owners of Fan Pier for welcoming the photo exhibition to the Public Green.

The banner is open to the public at Fan Pier located at the intersection of Northern Ave. & Marina Park Dr. in Boston’s Seaport District through November 2021. Viewers are encouraged to share their reactions on social media using the hashtag #BCCPHOTOBANNER.