Photography has often been relegated to being the stepchild of the arts. And yet of all the arts and art forms, photography is probably the most technically difficult and hardest to master. Artworks around town will be opening a show of photography by the members of the Ohio Valley Shutterbugs on Friday, September 1st. The public is invited to this opening from 5:30 to 8PM. Meeting with Artworks artists is possible at that time.
The Ohio Valley Shutterbugs meet the second and fourth Tuesday each month at Artworks in Centre Market from 6 to 8PM. This photography group may be informal, but they strive to not only create an atmosphere where group members can bring their work for discussion, but also have workshops where photographers can learn about the latest software such as Elements, Lightroom, and Photoshop.
Members include a variety of people who are both amateur and professional photographers. Members Len Smith and Guilio Cappelletti, are members of Artworks as well as the Ohio Valley Shutterbugs. Patty Lish started as an amateur photographer who has turned a “hobby” into a business. Patty now does a great deal of portrait work. Her amateur photography passion is photographing nature. She spent a great deal of time and energy photographing a squirrel. She planted food in a certain area to stalk her prey and finally was able to “shoot” her prey.
Len Smith is another photographer with a completely different approach with his artistic photographs. Len has turned microphotography into a new and different world. He looks at form and structure in a scientific manner. His photographs exhibit that style. Guilio Cappelletti photographs architecture in the manner that a romantic or an abstract painter would “attack” a subject often printing his work in sepia.
The variety of photography is endless. The styles differ as much or more than most painting or other artistic style or school. Whether it’s color or black and white each photograph tells its own story, which is the criteria of any well designed and executed photograph. This show contains many interesting visual stories.