The Art of Observation Amateur photographers in the W&L community share a few of their favorite images.
From wildlife to flora to architecture to landscapes, a few of W&L’s amateur photographers have captured a wide variety of spectacular images. Here are few of their favorite shots.
Mary Main, Executive Director, Human Resources
“My interest in photography centers around animals, nature and things found walking. I currently have a photo exhibit hanging in Sweet Treats that shows my photos from an African safari, which focuses on animals in the Serengeti. I do occasional landscape work when driving around and have recently taken an interest in the barns of Rockbridge County.”
Mitch Keller, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
“Travel, baking, and photography are my three principal hobbies, and the other two played a major role in my photographic work this year. My images feature sights from travels to the Scottish Highlands, Rome, Hong Kong and Japan. A holiday trip home to North Dakota also makes a couple of appearances, including truffles I made for my friends’ Christmas party and a Christmas Day blizzard at my brother and sister-in-law’s ranch.”
Nancy Margand, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
“With the new found freedom that retirement has allowed me, I’ve had a chance to explore the county, and to travel to other beautiful locations. It’s also given me a chance to go back to a very early interest in macro floral photography. The Rockbridge camera club has been a wonderful source of education and encouragement!”
Lad Sessions, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
After I retired from W&L in 2011, after 40 years of service, I had much more time for photography, turning my attention from the conceptual web of philosophy to the perceptual web of images. It is a great delight to see through my lens the great beauty of the world around us, at home and abroad, where patterns, colors, shapes, textures, shades and infinite variety abound — if we but take the time to look attentively. I find that photography both draws upon my powers of seeing and also sharpens those powers: A good way to learn to be receptive to the visual form and shape of the world is to (try to) image it. Imaging is imagining. It’s a welcome bonus when the images I “capture” also delight others. These 2017 images were mostly taken in New Zealand, a scenic wonderland, but also in Texas (the red rose), California (yellow flower) and our home in Lexington.
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