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Latest photo exhibition shines a light on nature’s beauty

"Among the Trees" on display until Feb. 27

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The latest exhibit at the Long Island Photo Gallery invites viewers to live “Among the Trees.”

The gallery, located on Main Street in Islip, hosted a reception Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the show and distribute awards to gallery winners.

Gallery co-owner Jessica Lempin said she and co-owner Joanne Henig are responsible for selecting the exhibition theme, which rotates every five to seven weeks.

“We try to find something that will stir up creativity and produce a really beautiful show,” Lempin said.

The newest theme, “Among the Trees,” is a collaboration of photographs that display variations of trees and forests. From oaks to saplings throughout the four seasons, the gallery has a wide array of works.

Each show has a varying amount of entrees. This show was narrowed down from roughly 200 submissions to 30 by juror Dave Curtin, president of the Nassau County Camera Club, who has judged exhibitions at the Islip gallery in the past, Henig said.

Since Curtin was unable to attend, Henig read comments from him at the reception.

“Just a gorgeous image,” Curtin said of the first-place winning piece “Aspen,” by Joanna McCarthy. “I’ve seen a number of these types of Aspen images attempted, but I thought the maker absolutely nailed this one. From composition to post-processing to final print, it was masterfully handled.”

Long Island nature photographer Anthony Graziano nailed a second-place award for his piece “Walk With The Light.”

Although he doesn’t consider himself an early bird, Graziano said he snapped the picture around 6:30 a.m. after a lengthy drive.

“I dropped my wife off at the airport and then I drove straight up to the Adirondack Mountains,” Graziano said. “I got there just before sunrise. This was a spot that I knew was there, but I hadn’t gotten a chance to photograph it. It looked like it was going to be perfect – it was misty and the light was beautiful. The sun had just burst open.”

Third place was given to Rich LaBella’s “Driftwood In The Mist.” Honorable mention awards were distributed to Dawn Reilly for “GC + BS” and Amy Medina for “Nature’s Magic.”

The exhibit will be on display until February 27 at Long Island Photo Gallery. 

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