Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Local Photograph Featured in Statewide Show

photo by Mary Schlegelmilch                    Burress Moon

 photo by Mary Schlegelmilch                Hromodka Welcome

Mary Schlegelmilch of Exeter was recently chosen to show her photographs as part of an exhibit at more than a dozen different locations throughout Lincoln.

“Written in Lights and Shadows” is part of 2011 Lincoln PhotoFest which is a city wide event celebrating photography with exhibitions in both galleries and other spaces throughout Lincoln. Schlegelmilch’s work is displayed at A to Z Printing in southwest Lincoln along with the work of five other artists all from Nebraska.

Schlegelmilch started taking photos in her childhood. She inherited a castoff camera from her older sister and photography quickly became a hobby for her.

After graduating from Exeter High School Schlegelmilch attended Southeast Community College in AgriBusiness and joined the family feedlot business.  She realized then that photographer meant more to her than a hobby.

Taking a break from the feedlot, she pursued a degree in Commercial Photography at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. Returning home to Exeter, Schlegelmilch specializes in “subjects that don’t talk back: rural landscapes, animals, weather and the sky.”

However, Schlegelmilch does do simple people photographs including senior portraits, babies, families and casual weddings.  She enjoys combing her other primary interest, landscapes and history with portraits. She also enjoys restoring old family photos and photographing old farmsteads, abandoned houses and farmyards.

Being chosen for the Lincoln Photofest was an honor for Schlegelmilch, “It was great to meet the other photographers in the show and hear their stories of the photography business and see everyone's different styles. It's crazy to think that I have work that is good enough to hang beside theirs.”

Most of her photos displayed at the show are rural scenery, a still life or two and one of her dogs. The photos at the show are also for sale, along with all her other photography which is available for viewing and purchase on her website at www.marysimages.zenfolio.com

Although Schlegelmilch isn’t actively looking for more shows she is “constantly looking for new inspiration. I'll just keep my camera by my side as often as I can and hope to keep capturing photographs that people, and I, like to look at.”

Lincoln PhotoFest will only be on display for the rest of February with Schlegmilch’s work available for viewing at A to Z Printing during their business hours, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.  - 5:00 p.m. Also displayed at A to Z printing are the photographs of Geneva resident H A Waring Johnson.

Photo by Mary Schlegelmilch                   Hunter Silhouette

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