Local photographers' work on display at Porter Library
Eleven photographers from the Lakewood Photographic Society are displaying over 40 photographic enlargements in the art gallery at Westlake Porter Public Library throughout the month of January. The photographers in the show include: Peggy Thompson, Peter Nintcheff, Donna Seemuth, Andre LeBlanc Sr., Linda Nellis, Judy Medina, Annabelle Keller, Jack Seemuth, Lloyd Keller, Robert Parry and Michele Schneider.
Many of the photographs have won awards in local club competitions and at juried shows. The Lakewood Photographic Society serves the western suburbs. The club meets the first three Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at 16024 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Meetings include programs on improving photography and judged competitions.
Judy Medina first got a taste of photography in high school, working in a dark room developing photos from film; from that point on she was hooked. Judy attended Cleveland Institute of Art for photography. There she discovered her art genre, street photography. She is not only limited to street photography, but enjoys photographing a wide range of subject matter, from landscapes to portraits to food. Photography is her passion.
Michele Schneider works in the field of video production. She decided to take up photography because digital camera companies began to combine video and photo in the same device. The past three years she has dedicated her time to learning and developing her photography skills. Michele is currently president of Lakewood Photographic Society. Her work has been on display in several nature centers and exhibits around the Cleveland area. In 2015, she won Best of Show at the Creative Space Art and More Gallery for the "Shades of Gray" theme.
Robert Parry has had a camera since a child with an old Kodak brownie and has loved photography, mostly travel and vacation photos in America and Europe. Since retiring, Bob has taken photography classes and has attended numerous multi-day workshops in photography in Italy, Arizona, South Carolina and Michigan. He has won a number of awards and regularly competes in both the Lakewood and Cleveland Photography clubs. After many years of using film cameras, Bob is now using digital cameras exclusively in combination with Photoshop and Lightroom.
Linda Nellis started photography in 1970s and was taught by a friend who worked for a major advertising company. Her first camera was a Yashica and loved working with Ecktachrome film. Linda stopped for a few years, started back up buying a Canon 5d and went to Cuyahoga Community College for three years working in Photoshop. She belongs to Lakewood Photography and has learned a lot from competing in contests and from speakers teaching techniques in photography and Photoshop. She has sold many photos and now working on a small book of her photographic work.
Robert Parry, member of Lakewood Photographic Society, Cleveland Photographic Society, The Aquarelle Watercolor Society, Westlake/Westshore Arts Council, and Westlake Historical Society