ART and MUSIC IN THE LIBRARY


The Photography of Tina Snyder
January-February 2018


 

Tina Snyder is an IT Coordinator with the West Virginia Library Commission, her service area consists of the 9 counties which include the Eastern Panhandle, Potomac Highlands and Tucker County. Tina became interested in photography at a very young age when her mother handed her a Polaroid folding land camera and told her to take the pictures because she was frustrated with cutting heads off. It was then that she fell in love with photography for the very first time and she hasn’t put a camera down since. As time progressed so did the cameras, she honed her skills and by the time she reached high school she was excited about taking photography classes and getting into the darkroom. After graduating high school she did studio work for 16 years where she won many of the company’s photographer awards and had her work published regularly in the company’s monthly magazine. She also had her own business, Moments in a Flash by Tina where she photographed weddings, birthdays, senior pictures, product and real estate photography. After officially stepping away from photography as a business for 15 years and only shooting for recreation and enjoyment. She is now returning to photography as a business with a focus on travel and landscapes. She is excited about where photography is leading her and is enjoying being behind the camera. Besides photography Tina also enjoys spending time with all the people she loves, going camping, hiking, traveling, and community service.

Artist's Statement:
Photography is very peaceful for me, my happy place. It’s always very rewarding to witness someone enjoying a piece of work. It’s important to me to create images with impact, images that pull the viewer into them and create a feeling that they are actually there. You know you have been successful when you take a photograph that can create an emotion in the one looking at it. That’s a goal I shoot for with every photograph.  

I love hearing people say to me “You really have the eye” To me this is what will always distinguish the professional photographer from the everyday shooter. It’s the understanding of composition, the beauty of seeing and capturing the light as it dances through a scene and how the positioning and angle changes the mood of the photograph. When you have the ability to pull your audience into a photograph with you and have them feel like they were there with you when you took the photo. That’s when you know you are on a whole different level. For me, my photography is not just for me, it’s for all the people who will enjoy them now and in the future. It’s a gift of that specific moment, at that specific place in my life that I can share with the rest of the world. For me, photography has the ability to showcase the talent that one has to take an ordinary place, time or scene and make it extraordinary. It’s art, it’s creating something beautiful! It should be shared. One of my favorite sayings was by a street photographer named Elliott Erwitt, He said: “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

 

The Library is pleased to provide opportunities for local artists to exhibit their work in our meeting room for up to two months at a time.

Announcements of past, present, and future exhibits are shown on this page. Please click HERE to send an e-mail if you wish to be considered for presenting an exhibit or a concert, or for other information about these programs.

 


Portions of the arts and music programs at the South Jefferson Public Library are funded by a Community Services Grant from the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, a United Way participant.