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Museum renews photo tradition

February 15, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."

-- Photographer Ansel Adams

HAGERSTOWN -- Signs of similarly sharp timing with nature showed Sunday at the 76th Annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon.

In "Rise" by Staci Grimes of Shippensburg, Pa., a lone, large bird sits in a bare-limbed tree. Blueish-dark sky contrasts with an orange-yellow sunrise filling the horizon below.

The sun and a lighthouse star in Christopher C. Davis' "Hatteras."

Davis, of Martinsburg, W.Va., said he's made pictures at Cape Hatteras before, but noticed a new lighting opportunity when sunshine framed the top of the lighthouse, casting a long shadow before him.

For his keen eye and camera work, Davis received a Curator's Choice Award.

The Best of Show award went to Perk Hull of Hagerstown for a still-life photo of pears against a dark background. Jurors praised Hull's "fearlessness in illuminating the smallest highlights on the enormous pears."

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The show's opening reception was Sunday at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown. Photos will be on display through March 22.

Rebecca Massie Lane, the museum's director, said the juried photography salon, or exhibition, has existed nearly as long as the museum, which was founded in 1929.

Almost 300 entries were submitted; 54 from the Cumberland Valley were chosen.

"It speaks to the museum's commitment to supporting area artists," Massie Lane said.

Tom Beck, chief curator at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and Robert Caputo, an award-winning photographer and writer for National Geographic magazine, were jurors.

Davis, a Hagerstown Community College database administrator, said he spliced together seven or eight frames to make "Hatteras."

He had three other photographs selected. One is a portrait of Larry Sharpe, who taught a class Davis took at HCC. Another shows a girl in a white dress looking mature beyond her years on the day of her First Communion. The third is a fishing pier near Nags Head, N.C.

Heather Holman, who recently moved from Taneytown, Md., to a home near City Park, said her past modeling experience helped her direct a photo shoot in which her friend was the subject. She said making pictures, instead of being in them, is a nice form of expression.

Using a Nikon D70 digital camera, Holman captured two images of her friend for the show -- a color print and a slide that won an award.

The exhibit also includes a self-portrait she made using a strobe light and an orange filter.

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