Monday, March 10, 2008

In Memoriam

Dee DeLoatch
May 19, 1950—February 27, 2008

Dee was a charter member of the West Central Georgia Shutterbugs and hosted our first meeting in her salon in January 2006. She also served as president from August 2006-November 2007. She attended various photography workshops and was a great encouragement and inspiration to other photographers.
Her photography was juried in to exhibits (the 2006 Tobler Mill ARTfest, the 2006 WCGS exhibit at Pike Arts and Local Flavors, a special display at SlowExposures 2007, as well as exhibits hosted by the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC). Her photography was also chosen for use in special publications, including the 2008 Georgia State map, the 2008 United Bank calendar, and a greeting card used/sold by the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council. Dee often used some of her best photos on greeting cards she created. In addition, she displayed some of her work in her salon, Dee’s Downtown, which she owned and operated for several years. Several of her matted and framed images are also in private collections. Some of her favorite images, in addition to those of her grandchildren, were those taken while traveling, which she loved to do.
Although Dee is no longer with us, her photography leads us to believe she would agree with David Bailey, who said, "It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary," and with Ansel Adams, who said, "In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular . . . sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice."
Dee was greatly loved and respected; she will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know her.


Christy said...

Thank you so much for saying such heartfelt wonderful things about my mother. Everyday I see the little things around me that I know momma would notice and have to pull out her camera and "capture" it. I miss her every minute of every day and know many others do also.

Karen Renfroe said...

It has been almost 6 months since momma passed, and I miss her terribly. I am grateful for her creativity, her imagination and her ability to see beauty in the most ordinary of things. I am drawn in by and treasure every photo she took, as it is a precious memory of her. Thank you for your kind words....she would have appreciated them - as I do.