Connors captures Brooksby’s memories

‘Professional amateur’ photographer records local community’s history

Created date

August 25th, 2009


Be it a cherished 70th birthday party, a dog derby, or a theater production, if it s a memorable event at Brooksby Village, you ll probably find John Connors there capturing it on camera. Connors has poured his lifelong passion for photography into the Brooksby community, where he lives and has taken more than 3,000 photos. He has kept a wonderful photographic record of all that happens at Brooksby Village, said Community Resources Coordinator Mary Landry at the recent Dog Derby, where Connors was listed as the event s official photographer. We are very grateful.

Professional amateur

Humble, unassuming, and a self-described professional amateur, Connors has been taking pictures for as long as he can remember. He says his photography dates back to before his teenage years, to the days of Brownie cameras and wet chemistry darkrooms. Connors spent his professional life as an engineer for RCA Corporation in television s early days, but he kept up his mostly self-taught photography. Years later, he made the switch to digital photography with finesse. Now, using his computer and the photo editing software Adobe Photoshop, Connors sees his photos through processing, editing, and printing. He encourages those still using film cameras to try their hand at digital photography, which doesn t require too many technical skills. In addition to producing excellent pictures, he says, you never run out of film! That is no doubt a selling point for Connors, who is prolific to say the least.

Filling a need

Connors and his wife, Rita, moved to Brooksby in 2005 from their home of 52 years near Camden, N.J. It wasn t long before it struck him that there was a need for his work. Residents and staff were snapping point-and-shoot photos of Brooksby events, [but] the photos were not readily available to all residents nor becoming archived in some organized form, Connors says. So he became the go-to photographer for the community s public and private events. His photos have appeared in various Brooksby and Erickson publications and in countless albums throughout the community. He doesn t charge for his work and continues to offer his time at Brooksby events which can be a busy schedule. Connors says he s done about 50 photo projects at Brooksby over the last 18 months, averaging about 150 photos a month. Though the technical and creative elements of photography keep him engaged, he says, Most of all, [there] is a great source of satisfaction in being able to bring real-life images and memories to people for lifelong enjoyment.