Recent studies have confirmed what we have known all along — that men and women think differently.
They have different interpretations for the same topic and this often poses a challenge in finding common ground for communication.
In the field of photography, this hinders many female photographers from expressing their artistic views during combined gatherings.
This was the reason behind the “Nikon Ladies Members Meet Up” held recently at the Nikon Centre Kuala Lumpur — a ladies-only event that saw photography lovers of all ages and backgrounds coming together to share their love for photography and brush up on their photography skills.
The meet-up, organised by Nikon Malaysia, was dedicated to the women in photography who are often neglected in the heavily male-dominated industry.
“It is undeniable that photography is predominantly a male-dominated industry.
“However, in recent years, the steady increase in the number of female photographers and their ability to make a mark in this industry has challenged the stereotypical notion of the male gender being better photographers.
“I believe that this Ladies Meet Up is the first step towards a shift in the photography industry and how it views its women members,” said Nikon Malaysia Consumer Products general manager David Ng.
The attendees were given an opportunity to socialise, network and foster friendships with other women of similar interests, effectively developing a close-knit community of female photographers.
It also gave them the opportunity to express their thoughts and communicate freely on topics that they were passionate about.
“Women are generally viewed as being more emotionally driven, sensitive and sentimental.
These traits make women more flexible in terms of interpreting what is considered a good photo, where they are able to channel the emotions of a scene and translate that into beautifully taken images.
Men tend to be more technically oriented where focus and priority is placed on the specifications of the gear.
“We hope that by engaging women in this field, they can portray the emotion and sensitivity through pictures,” Ng added.
The event also revealed that the topics that the genders are interested in also vary, with women being more interested in topics like family, travel, kids and food, in contrast with men who prefer topics like technology, politics and current affairs.
“Women are more likely to remember precious moments in their daily lives.
“And there’s truly no better way to preserve these moments than through the lens of a camera, allowing them to recall the precious moments they experienced.
“Rather than focusing on the aesthetics or technicalities of the gadget, their interest lies mostly in what is behind the lens.
“They are driven by people, emotions, activities and reliving experiences. This serves as one of the reasons women are now stepping into the world of photography,” he said.
This was the second time that Nikon organised a ladies meet-up, following the overwhelming success of the first, held on Nov 29 last night.