We're fortunate to have a recognized expert in the photography of birds living right here in Essex Junction. Peter Riley is known for his striking photos of our avian friends (and other critters) in their natural habitats. He'll be giving an illustrated talk and discussion on his work at Darkroom Gallery on Thursday, July 12 from 7 to 9PM.
If you participated in our recent Photo Slam, or viewed the exhibit, you probably remember Peter's award winning photo of a great blue heron in flight. Here's some information about him:
Peter was a professional photographer for a brief time in the late 1970's but put down his old film camera to concentrate on his music career and raise a family. Then in 2011 he bought an inexpensive point and shoot camera and was immediately intrigued with the possibilities afforded by digital photography. Several upgrades to camera bodies and lenses ensued and now he takes photos on a near daily basis.
Largely driven by social media (see "Life of Riley Photography" on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=life%20of%20riley%20photography - for more images), Peter's bird photos have been shown at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., used by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the New Jersey Audubon Society. He was recently featured in Cape May Magazine and the St. Michael's College Alumni magazine, has had several one man shows of his work. He has now expanded to giving talks on nature photography from Vermont to Cape May, most recently at the Birds of Vermont Museum and the UVM Horticulture Farm.
This is certain to be an instructive and entertaining evening, not to be missed. Besides being an excellent photographer Peter is a natural raconteur, so his illustrated talk will be well worthwhile even to those who aren't into nature photography. Those who want to work on their bird photography will find Peter to be an excellent instructor.
The Meetup will be free, although we welcome donations to help offset expenses. RSVP's will be helpful.