Amateur Photographers Get Their 15 Minutes of Fame
Forty photography students will display their work at the La Grange Public Library through September. An artists’ reception will be held on August 17, in the Lower Level Gallery of the Library from 6:00-8:00pm.
The photos include portraits, landscapes and abstract images. They use techniques like selective focus, painting with light, varied shutter speeds and high/low ISO.
Students included in the exhibit are absolute beginners to advanced photographers. They range in age from 12-87, and include teachers, journalists, a nurse, a stylist, realtors, a stock broker, a lawyer and many other careers. They are brought together by the love of photography and the instruction of Bob Briskey, professional photographer from La Grange.
Bob’s Photography Group, as they are aptly named, attracts people from as far as Wheaton, Evanston, Lemont and downtown Chicago. These photography enthusiasts have varied reasons for starting lessons and each seek and gain different knowledge from the sessions.
Bob’s student, Anne Blanchard of Hinsdale said, “I am thrilled that I’ve finally learned how to use the manual settings on my camera!” Another student, Dale Fisher of Berwyn said, “[This] has made it easy for me to transition out of film and into the digital world with ease and is helping me to evolve my photographic vision.”
After winning a Kodak Instamatic camera in his adolescent years, Bob Briskey found a love of photography that continued into teen jobs, higher education, and a professional career. “It's exciting to share what I know and love with others. When people take better photographs, their love for photography grows, as does creative expression. When that growth is shared in a group setting, it's not only rewarding, it's a lot of fun.”
For library hours or more information visit www.lagrangelibrary.org or call the La Grange Public Library at 708.352.0576.