Local photographer takes top shots

March 09, 1997


Staff Writer

Photographer Audra Haddock is an exception to the notion that a true artist must be a starving artist.

"I'm very privileged that my work and my hobby are the same thing," Haddock said.

Haddock's talent is also exceptional - one of her photographs was chosen for the Government House exhibit, "A Celebration of the Arts 1997-1998." The Annapolis exhibit runs through March 31.

After sorting through more than 2,400 entries, judges selected 37 artists from Maryland, including Haddock, who is from Washington County.

Professionals from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Maryland State Arts Council, as well as art professors and artists served on the selection panel.


"They are the creme de la creme," Haddock said. "And to have people of that caliber choose your work over other incredible artists - it's an honor."

Haddock, 32, who also teaches photography at Frederick Community College, used infrared photography for the winning landscape photo, "Still Water."

"Infrared photography captures heat instead of light and makes it look surreal and soft," Haddock said. "It creates an unconscious moment, like something I'd dream."

Haddock was at Cunningham Falls State Park, helping a friend with infrared photography when she saw the "perfect time."

"I photograph with my mind and heart, so that I catch that moment and create something special," the Hagerstown resident said.

Haddock, who holds a master's degree in communications, said her first brush with photography was as co-editor of the South Hagerstown High School newspaper.

"I learned the `hit-and-run' method," she said. "I took the camera at 15 or 16 years old, and started photographing sports."

As Haddock evolved artistically, she began entering her photographs in competitions.

She took the award for the best photograph by a Washington County resident in the 64th Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon - Winter 1997. Two of her photographs won second place honors in Winter 1996.

Three of her photographs are also on display at the Senate in Annapolis through May.

She said the trick is to attach emotions to the film.

"If it's food, make them smell it. If it's a person, make them see the complexity of their life - provide the experience of being there."

"The camera is just an extension of me," Haddock said. "It's a tool. You've got to know it like a carpenter knows his tools, but always leave room for dialog to evolve.

"You get inspired moment by moment."

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