Frets & f-stops

Exhibit showcases photos captured at past Western Maryland Blues Fests

Exhibit showcases photos captured at past Western Maryland Blues Fests


Jamie Turner, 38, of Hagerstown, is passionate about two things: photography and music.

And as the selected artist for Western Maryland Blues Fest, he's had a chance to combine both of his loves.

Twenty poster-sized photos by Turner and his twin brother, Jason, of past Blues Fests performers are on exhibit at the Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The show will continue through Wednesday, June 24.

The exhibit includes photographs taken at recent Blues Fests. All were shot digitally, nearly all by Jamie Turner. He said he pared down 2,500 photos to just 20.

"I wanted to make sure there was a lot of variety," Jamie Turner said.

All of his images were digitally altered, including the pic of an unnamed guitarist who was used as the poster art for this year's Blues Fest.


As a photographer, Jamie Turner has been covering the Blues Fest in one way or another for more than 10 years. He started out recording Blues Fest artists and visitors with his camera with local photographer Mark Youngblood for Youngblood Studios.

"It was very exciting to be able to photograph it the first time," he said. "... I was able to meet some of the artists and get up close and personal with them."

Jamie Turner said he's not able to get to every Blues Fest. As owner of Turner Photography in Frederick, Md., weekends are mostly dedicated to shooting weddings. And this weekend was no exception.

Jason Turner of Williamsport is the director of photography for RidgeRunner Publishing in Hagerstown. Before to that, he spent several years as a newspaper photojournalist.

"I've photographed the Blues Fest for years and he wanted me to be a part of it, too," said Jason Turner.

For Jamie Turner, shooting the Blues Fest is a way to live out another dream -- as rock star.

The Turner brothers perform as the band Brother Down at local gigs, so meeting veteran musicians is a treat.

"I was not only able to photograph them, but I was able to live out my fantasy of being a professional musician," Jamie Turner said.

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