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Photography show to open Monday

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By Kirsten Laskey

Don’t let your photos accumulate in the computer or collect dust in albums. Show them to the public during the Los Alamos Photography Club’s annual exhibit at Mesa Public Library.

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Local shutterbugs are invited to drop off their work from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the library.

Photographs should be framed and include a tag with the photographer’s name, the title of the work and the size of the frame.

Entries can also include a brief description of the work and a sale price, although it is not mandatory.

Work will be hung in the upstairs gallery at the library starting at 1 p.m. Sunday before the exhibit is open to the public Monday.

A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday and participating photographers are encouraged to attend. Appetizers will be served during the reception.

Photos will be on display through Feb. 27. Doug Coombs, show coordinator, said the show, which has been held for the past 15 years, usually has a great turn out.

He added that everyone from middle school students to seasoned photographers contribute to the exhibit.

“We get the full range of Los Alamos photographers,” Coombs said. “We really encourage beginning photographers (to submit work to the show) because it gives people a chance to see their work in a gallery, which is really exciting for people.”

He added, “It just gives people a chance to show off their work and it’s a nice community activity.”

Beginners are particularly encouraged “for the experience, especially if they want to learn to frame and display work (in a gallery) and the people who do display work, go to the show to see other works.

“It’s a little bit of exposure,” Coombs said.  

In regards to what is displayed in the exhibit, Coombs said, “We get some pretty nice stuff.”

The show will feature black-and-white and color photos as well as photo albums.  Subjects can be anything from portraits to landscapes.  

The other motive behind the exhibit is to encourage people to join the photography club.

“You learn about digital photos and the various tools … people demonstrate how to do things. People bring in pictures and we give friendly critiques,” Coombs said.

He added the club takes field trips. In previous years club members have visited the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Tent Rocks.

To join,  individuals need to become a member of Fuller Lodge, which costs $12 a year.

 The club meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month in Fuller Lodge.

For more information about the            exhibit or the club, e-mail Coombs at dfcoombs@comcast.net or visit www.la-photoclub.org/.