The Many Faces of the North Bethesda Camera Club

North Bethesda Camera Club members gather Feb. 6 at an artists’ reception for the “Faces” exhibit, on view through March 23 at the Arts Barn.
Photo | Marylou Bono

Through the lenses of talented photographers, the “Faces” exhibit transports you to other worlds through the power of suggestion. Juried by studio portrait photographer Jill Bochiccio, this exhibit on view at the Arts Barn through March 23 celebrates the diverse work of North Bethesda Camera Club (NBCC) members.

The club has been around for 50 years and has a current membership of 175 professionals, amateurs and beginners with a two-year waiting list to join. It is recognized locally and nationally for its expertise and provides a wealth of educational opportunities for members. Chairman of Exhibits Lester LaForce said that the group holds competitions at monthly meetings, which are an opportunity for photo critique and instruction. They also hear presentations by well-known photographers and hold tutorial sessions on technical aspects of photography.

Jack Rosenberg’s “Remembering the Good Times” offers a hundred suppositions that draw your attention into the lady’s pensive gaze. “She was sitting on a curb in Havana watching a street band—I got down on one knee and took pictures of her. Her face just captured me. I went away and came back, and she was still there in the same position. She had been sitting like that for hours.” A retired orthodontist, Rosenberg has traveled extensively and favors street and travel photography as well as flora, landscapes and abstracts. He participates in many juried exhibits and has created an exceptional website filled with stunning work at www.my-2nd-life.com.

“He was in a heated political discussion,” said Max Kantzer of his intense “Weighing In.” “He was captured mid-sentence.” The shoeshine proprietor at Union Station glistens as an oil painting. “It’s just lighting, lots of good lighting,” he said. Kantzer’s “Elaine” features a young woman with a descending solitary tear who just received wretched news. “I like to capture people in general, whether emotional or in a precise moment –that’s something I look for.”

A girl with a faraway gaze is the subject of James Corbett’s “Hope.” “I was working with a first-time model in Baltimore at a model meet in Graffiti Alley, an art area where graffiti artists meet. There was a gate that swung out, so I asked her to pose on the gate. She took great direction.”

Nikos Zacharakis specializes in photographing Argentinian tango dancers and dancing himself. “Tango brings people from different areas and backgrounds. It is a social dance.” Aptly titled “The Look” is a man caught enjoying the moment. “I like to capture expression—it’s better when they don’t notice me!” Zacharakis said.

Judy Ackerman’s travels to an experiential farm in Israel yielded “Joy and Calm.” The day was spent tending goats and sheep, and she focused on another traveler in the group with a baby goat wrapped around her neck. “It was a great experience learning now to tend the goats, how to milk them and make cheese. You take many pictures and try to capture the emotion you want.” A retired professor, Ackerman found photography when her son gave her a digital camera. She praised the group for the generous time and teaching opportunities its members provide to one another.

Lakelands photographer Carol Walsh shows “Letting Go” and “The Vision,” both examples of her signature style. “I use many layers to produce airy ethereal fantasies. … That’s what I like to do in all of my work.”

Carol’s husband, Tom, is the subject of Roy Sewall’s “Survivor.” “I was the only person he knew who could capture two emotions on his face at once,” Walsh said. “He took about 200 photos of me. We spent an afternoon in downtown Baltimore looking for the bar that would be used as a backdrop for the photograph.”

Also featured is a special exhibit by Harpers Ferry sculptor Lilija Lakickaite of her unique, whimsical clay portrait figures. A florist originally from Lithuania, Lakickaite said her figures are “free spirits. … I used to dream a lot when I was a child. They are angels, funny characters, forest creatures from folk stories. They bring me back to my childhood and remind me of the stories that I tell my children. It is a joy to make them!”

Face the Arts Barn and embrace the glimpses of emotion offered by this group of talented photographers. On view through March 23. Learn more about NBCC at www.nbccmd.org.

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