Images from the Land of Enchantment: Connie Stephens

Like many photographer, Alliance’s featured member artist Connie snapped pictures of family and vacation, using simple point-and-shoot cameras. Then came the grandchildren and she wanted perfect unique photographic remembrances of them. That, for her, opened the door into the world of photography and after that a camera rarely left her hand.

“My husband and I loved to travel all the time: Niagara Falls, Bar Harbor, Glacier National Park, and of course, many trips to Branson.”

Today she uses the sophisticated DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera that shoots both a “live” and “digital” image. This can open a pandora’s box of fun for the photographer. “I can take a picture, for example, of a buffalo that is almost entirely black, and pull something spectacular from it.”

Just back from a road trip to the Southwest, she admits that New Mexico, for her, is a “land of enchantment,” filled with “so much color—sunsets, red rocks, blue skies, all the shades of green.” On this trip, she particularly noticed the abundance of paintings on the sides of buildings, viaducts, columns, even barrier poles in Santa Fe.

Using several software products, she works with each recorded image to express her remembered feeling of the scene. Often it is even more vibrant, more alive, than the photo could capture that day. For her, photography connects us in an almost spiritual way to nature. It allows us to experience gratitude for the abundance, the beauty, the wonder of our world.

The opening reception for will be held Saturday, August 12 from 5 until 8:00. A free drawing for one of Connie's photos will take place at 6:00. Hope to see you there!