Monitor welcomes photographer 'posse'

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By Kelly LeVan

They’re already out there, Nikons and Canons slung around their necks or fixed in front of their faces – the camera becoming more of a second face than a piece of technology.

They call themselves a posse.

This month, the Monitor welcomes six new photography interns to its staff. Jennifer Bartram, Marg-anne Glasser, Joan Hurd, Bernadette Lauritzen, Jim O’Donnell and TK Thompson have all agreed to volunteer their time – and their extensive talents – to help the Monitor continue to cover Los Alamos’ many community events. Others in the community have volunteered their time as well, including Det. Shari Mills of the Los Alamos Police Department.

“It’s fun,” said Thompson, whose photographs of churches, pueblos and other Southwest scenes have been shown at galleries throughout New Mexico and Colorado. “I always do roots and rocks – not people. But I’m having a ball.”

He said taking pictures at local festivals and other venues is a way for him to “give back” to his hometown.

See work by Thompson at www.tktart.com.

Bartram, owner of a portrait photography business called Viewfinder, said so far, she’s also enjoyed turning her lenses on community businesses and standout residents.

“It’s a joy to work for the Monitor,” she said. “As a portrait photographer, it’s kind of fun to go out in the wilderness, too.”

She added, “The community is so receptive – Gary (Warren) laid such a wonderful path for all of us.”

Gary Warren took photographs for the Monitor for eight years before moving to Colorado with his wife Marilyn earlier this month.

Call Bartram at 672-3405.

Lauritzen has long been involved in a variety of community organizations, from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Los Alamos Youth Leadership to the Community Health Council and Friends of the Senior Center. Her strong role within the community has placed her name, thoughts and photos in the Monitor many times over the years.

“I love the community,” she said. “I love the Monitor. (It does) far more for me than I could ever do for (it).”

O’Donnell is another name Monitor readers are quite familiar with. Currently the owner of the Reel Deal Theater, he previously worked on the Monitor’s photography staff.

Those who saw him shooting the Gordons’ concert Friday night might have thought they’d gone back in time.

“I couldn’t stay away,” O’Donnell said.

Glasser has also published in the Monitor, helping the news staff cover county government meetings when reporters were hard to come by. The White Rock resident is relatively new to the area, and said she “never knew I’d like living in a small town this much.”

Hurd, who has lived in Los Alamos since 2002, said her father was the family photographer when she was growing up. Now that she has children of her own, she has taken over that role.

“I can look at pictures of my children when they were young, and be right back in that moment again,” she said. “Where else can you experience that?”

She said the first time she saw her photos in the Monitor, “I felt such a sense of accomplishment. It is wonderful to live in a community like Los Alamos where there is so much support and encouragement to try new things and the Monitor is always there to showcase our community at large. I feel blessed to be a part of that.”

Other interested photographers in the community are welcome to join the posse; please e-mail Kelly LeVan at laeditor@lamonitor.com.