Snapping a few shots

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By Kirsten Laskey

The whole purpose of the Los Alamos Photography Club is to get people excited and appreciative of the art of photography. What better way to fulfill this purpose than to host an exhibit that shows just what photography can produce and where the art form can take you?

The exhibit, which opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library, is not exclusive to members of the club; anyone can submit work. Show coordinator Doug Coombs said there is no limit for photographs, as long as there is room.

In previous years, Coombs said the exhibit has featured as many as 140 photographs.

Photographers can drop off their photographs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Photographs should be framed and have wire on the back so they can be hung. The pieces will be hung Sunday and will be featured at the library until March 7.

Coombs encourages people to participate in the show. “We like to see other people’s work … it gives you ideas,” he said.

“(We) encourage people to enter,” Coombs added, “it’s fun.”

In fact, the photography club members plan to take a walk-through of the exhibit during their regular meeting in February. Coombs said the walk-through is held so the club can look at other people’s work and pick up tips and tricks.

The photography group meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge.

The club is open to everyone from beginners to advanced photographers. During meetings, there are often presentations about a variety of subjects. For instance, Don Taylor is invited to talk about studio photography and Marilyn Warren, owner of Village Arts, has discussed framing.

Additionally, members participate in field trips. Last year, the photography club traveled to photogenic locations such as Ghost Ranch and Echo Canyon.

The mission of the club, Coombs said is “to show and encourage appreciation of the art of photography.”

For more information about the club, go to www.la-photoclub.org.