Friday, June 27, 2008

Shutterbugs to meet on July 8th

The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs will meet on Tuesday, July 8th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) Gallery and Gift Shop. The program will begin with a brief segment from a Bryan Peterson DVD. Peterson, who is a professional photographer, author, and instructor, advises his students to choose themes, that is, special subjects to photograph—for example, windows, neon signs, the color purple, emotions (such as indifference), or whatever interests them. Knowing what you’re looking for, Peterson believes, will keep you focused, directed, and enthusiastic.

The remainder of the program will be devoted to viewing photos taken by Shutterbugs Marcia Fisher and King Davis. His photos were taken in Bolivia, hers in Israel. Both presentations will be a combination of travelogue and photography comments, questions and answers, critiques, etc.

Marcia, a charter member of Shutterbugs, moved to Thomaston from Oakland, California, in 1997. She began taking pictures after being inspired by the beauty of Georgia. Her photography has been displayed in various galleries and photography exhibits, won awards in venues such as the Georgia National Fair, and selected for special projects.

King Davis, a native of Thomaston, developed an interest in photography as a teenager, with the help of his parents and a number of friends. Throughout the 1970s, he worked as a freelance photographer. Now that the cost of film is no longer prohibitive, he has recently resumed pursuing photography, using a digital SLR camera.

Anyone interested in photography is welcome to attend. No reservations are required. Just come to the TUAC Gallery, located next to the Ritz Theatre on the courthouse square in Thomaston, and enjoy 90 minutes of photography instruction and inspiration.

While on a photo shoot with other Shutterbugs, Melba Brown took pictures of horses to enter into an upcoming exhibit. Her efforts paid off, since three of her photos were juried into the “Horsing Around…” photography exhibit that opens in August at A Novel Experience (bookstore) on the courthouse square in Zebulon. The exhibit may be viewed during the store’s regular business hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 10-7) and during a reception on Saturday, August 9th, from 7-9 p.m. Photo by Johnnie Ann Gaskill

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