Through the Lens: New Mexico’s Annual Photographic Art Show Spotlights 136 Photographers
Jeff Danneels from Albuquerque flew to Scotland to take pictures of a rock.
Bow Fiddle Rock, to be precise, a natural marine arch dating back 1,000 to 541 million years, so named because it looks like an arch.
“It’s a famous landmark in Scotland,” said the Sandia Labs retiree. “I tried to do something different.”
He photographed the altered formation using a 20-30 second long exposure.
“It made the ocean look like a cloud,” he said. “The day we went it was raining and misting all the time.”
Danneels’ “Bow Fiddle Mystery” is one of 225 images from 136 photographers online for the annual New Mexico Art Photo Show at anmpas.com. Danneels first picked up a camera when he was in college.
“I never really studied it formally,” he said. “I had a friend who lent me a camera.
He moved to Albuquerque in 1985.
“The digital age has allowed us to do so many things that we couldn’t do back then,” he said.
He took 6,653 images in two weeks in Scotland.
“That’s the beauty of digital,” he said. “It doesn’t cost you a dime. “
He is planning a photographic trip to Tuscany in 2021.
Judy Beiriger, a retired electrical engineer from Sandia Labs, turned to photography as a more creative expression when she quit working. She began filming on hikes along the Rio Grande, as well as on architectural trips downtown. Mentoring classes at the Enchanted Lens Camera Club taught her to think more critically.
“It’s taking the time to look at things instead of rushing,” she said.
While her husband was studying at the Czech Technical University, Beiriger photographed the Gothic and Baroque Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and St. John the Baptist in Kutná Hora. Its large staircase winds in a spiral. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“It takes the time to absorb things and just contemplate and try to look for a different angle and point of view,” she said.
Last spring, Lawrence Blank of Corrales turned his lens on a trio of teenage horned owls nesting along the grove.
“We had a lot of time to spend taking pictures of these owls at different stages of development,” he said. “They were nice enough to have a nest in a tree right next to one of the ditches. Mum and dad were nesting there in another tree.
A part-time dentist, Blank took his camera on wildlife safaris in Africa, Alaska and the Yukon. A trip to Peru produced the portrait of a woman selling dolls on the streets of Cusco.
Blank learned to use a camera while working as a dentist in the Navy, starting a camera club upon his return to the United States in Philadelphia and Newport News, Virginia.
“It makes you see,” he said of the camera. “It makes you look around and understand what’s out there. Living in New Mexico, look around, there is so much amazing stuff.
He has lived in Corrales for five years.
“We have this mountain view from our house,” he said. “You can take a photo every day and it’s different.”