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‘Through the lens’

Photo pros show off work at Cedar Crest

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September 22nd, 2009
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More than 25 photographers and artists converged upon the Cedar Crest Art Gallery last month to show off their passion and work at the community s annual resident photo expo. [caption id="attachment_2933" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Scenes of life around the Cedar Crest campus taken by resident Don Galvin."]

Hooked for life

One of the artists, Don Galvin, has been taking pictures since high school. It started off as some work for the yearbook and just grew from there, Galvin says. I was hooked. Galvin says he has dabbled in black and white, 35 millimeter, and slides. Then about six years ago, he moved on to digital and hasn t looked back. I love digital because I don t need a darkroom. I can do all the work right in my own home. I can take pictures and then also use them for greeting cards, or send them over e-mail to my friend in Australia.

Galvin says he loves to take family shots, but his biggest goal is getting the perfect picture of flowers and architecture. I spend time at Cedar Crest out in the courtyards and the residents gardens taking pictures of all the flowers, Galvin says. He also occasionally makes the trip to nearby Ringwood Manor to capture the architecture and botanical gardens. It s the challenge of it all, he says. I like to compose the pictures. It s all about solving problems. You need to do things like consider the breeze, lighting, backlighting, and backgrounds. You make one change and it affects everything else. It can be a humbling experience. I ve been doing this for years, and I ve yet to take a perfect picture.

Fixing photos

Phyllis O Reilly, was another of the artists that set up shop at the resident photo expo. But despite doing some recreational photography of her own during travel or as an inspiration for her painting, the talent she showed off at the expo was photo fixing. It s a tricky thing, O Reilly says. Old photos can be fragile, so I do my best to restore them, and make them new. O Reilly s process begins by scanning the old photos into her computer and then working with a photo editing program to bring them back to life. Then she prints new ones for the owners. I do it right in my home and can restore photos to almost original quality, she says. And I keep them in black and white or sepia. She explains, I just love seeing the older photographs. Say what you will about technology today, the old photographs, there was something about them. They were all of such high quality. And O Reilly says there s another joy to her work. It feels good to be able to restore these photos for my neighbors, for grandparents to give to their grandchildren, and to keep that history going strong.

Made for memories

Anna Pulsfort calls herself an amateur photographer. I was kind of taken aback when I saw all the talent of everyone else who was displaying, she says. I am not at the talent level of all of my neighbors, by any means. But I love to take pictures and felt happy to share them. Pulsfort showed off pictures she recently took at the Grand Teton and Jackson Hole, Wyo. These were the type of pictures that anyone can take, where it s something beautiful that nature made and you just point the camera and shoot. They really were pictures that I took to remember a vacation. But Pulsfort s images struck a chord with others. I had a few people who came up to me to share their own experiences, people who had been there too. My photos aren t award winners; they are more made for memories. So in that regard, I guess they are successful.

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