Exchange with Fotoklub Exakta in Dresden, Germany
Westbridge and the Fotoklub Exakta in Dresden, Germany (a sister city of Columbus) exchange prints every two years. Anybody can look at a website, but there is something intimate about holding a print from a person far away. Mark will collect prints during the month of September.
Mark Fohl met Manfred Zabel in Dresden in 2005. They established a relationship, and the clubs exchange prints. Westbridge sends prints to Dresden, and members of the Fotoklub Exakta and two or three other clubs judge the prints. Prints are scored from 1 to 9. Total scores are maintained, and results of individual club judgings and aggregate results are sent back. Fotoklub Exakta prints are sent to Columbus, and Westbridge members judge the Dresden prints in the same way. The prints are taken to other clubs in Central Ohio.
Westbridge members (as many as possible!) may submit one print for the exchange. The print may be color or black and white, and of any subject. Prints must be no larger than 8 1⁄2 by 11 inches and must be unmounted.
In 2017, the city of Dresden exhibited about 40 prints from each club in the Dresden City Hall. This was to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the sister city relationship. The exhibition was at the same time as the Dresden Marathon. Dresden and Columbus exchange marathon runners each year. Many of the prints were then exhibited at the Library at Columbus State Community College in June of 2018.