Showcasing the photographers participating in NSPL’s Photo Safari Series:
-Anita Welden -Bob Quaranta -Charlie Bevington -Corinne Tousey -Dave Lyons -Denise Matzelle -Irene Giannotti -Irene Schell -Karen Thum -Lorena Doherty -Susan Bevington
Curated by Miranda Gatewood – Produced by Lorena Doherty
About this exhibition and the Photo Safari Series:
This exhibition was seeded by a “Digital Photography Workshop” offered in 2018 that was taught by Miranda Gatewood. This program was geared for anyone interested in Photography and uniquely drew both novice and professional photographers. Each session was built upon the history of photography, exposure to the work of notable photographers, assignments, design composition, lighting and technical tips, and constructive reviews of student work.
To build on the interest discovered in the workshop, NSPL began to offer walking site visits to Suffolk County locations under the name of NSPL’s Photo Safari. This program attracted many new participants and the number of people attending grew. Site visits included group and 1:1 instruction on lighting, exposure, and more.
When the Covid restrictions limited group meetings we began to offer the Photo Safari: Assignment Series via Zoom, where participants shared their interpretations. The assignment themes developed by Miranda were: Home & Shelter, Pure Portrait/Self-Portrait, Water, Pattern/Color/Texture, Mirrors & Windows, Gravity, Posterity/The Past, Fears & Phobias, Fall Light, Masks, and the February 7th scheduled theme, Unrealities.
- “The secret of photography is the camera takes on the character and personality of the handler.” –Walker Evans
- The photographs in this exhibit show an amazing curiosity about the world in our midst. There are images about nature, but what’s really in the picture is the photographer’s sense of awe. There are images of water, landscapes, and similar scenes, but the works are actually impressionism. This is why photography is such a beloved art form: it’s so readily accessible, yet with a bit of creative imagination, it can make the mundane into the magical. It’s clear the group was particularly influenced by one another as they enjoyed the freedom of a journey without end. –Miranda Gatewood
- Libraries serve communities by offering recreational, educational programs and materials. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work and connect groups of people with shared interests within our greater NSPL community. – Lorena Doherty