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The Los Alamos Photography Club helps promote photography appreciation through the Los Alamos Photographers’ Show

By Jennifer Garcia

For the past several years, the Los Alamos Photography Club has helped promote the appreciation of photography in Los Alamos County. This year is no different, as the LAPC, in conjunction with Mesa Public Library, hosts the 16th Annual Los Alamos Photographers’ Show.
Local photographer TK Thompson started the LA Photographers’ Show about 16 years ago. Doug Coombs, a member of the LAPC, has been involved with the show for several years and said Thompson does a lot of black and white photography. He has some of his work on exhibit at a local bank and used to show his photos in Nambé and Tesuque.
Coombs said the show is open to anyone who would like to display their photographs, however, there is a limit to 120 pieces, as the show is on display in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library and space there is limited.
A variety of subjects are displayed, ranging from landscapes to rodeo photos and animals to photos from trips overseas.
“It’s whatever people want to put up,” Coombs said.
Some of the exhibitors are LAPC members, but that’s not a requirement for this show.
“The show is open to people who live and work in Los Alamos, high school age and above,” Coombs said.
One photographer, Hal Davis, frequently exhibits his work during the photography show. Coombs said Davis travels to Asia and has “a lot of cool pictures.”
Another frequent entrant, Shari Mills, prints her photos on canvas and uses various Adobe Photoshop filters to achieve a chalk-like effect.
Kenneth Hanson also frequently shows his work in the Photographers’ Show, as well as at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
“He goes to Alaska and Canada and takes a lot of nature photography at home,” Coombs said.
He also said Corinna Stoeffl also does a lot of nature photography.
“She goes to Europe and she’s the only one who’s a professional photographer,” Coombs said. “Two-thirds of the exhibitors are retired.”
Both digital and film photography are acceptable.
“Just about everyone shoots digital now,” Coombs said.
Those interested in showing their work should drop their photos off at the library on Jan. 29. Coombs said participants should e-mail him first at dfcoombs@gmail.com, and let him know that they are interested in exhibiting their photos. Instructions for entering can be found at www.la-photoclub.org/2011_laps/call0.htm.
The photos will be hung on Jan. 30 for the show’s opening at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Coombs said those attending should also bring finger-food to share with the other attendees.
For more information e-mail Coombs or visit the LAPC website.