Resident’s love of photography leads to artistic pursuits in retirement

by Almeda Girod
Resident Writer

After Lew and Judy Priven moved from Chevy Chase to Orchard Point three years ago, Lew discovered an opportunity to display, share, and sell his photographs to a larger audience.

Lew became interested in photography in the late 1970s after taking classes at Bard College. He later acquired a dark room in his Montgomery Village home to develop and print travel slides and family pictures. Lew, an electrical engineer and computer programmer at IBM, easily adapted to digital photography. As Judy and Lew traveled to far off places and briefly lived in Uganda, Lew’s interest in photography was further stimulated. His photos of Ugandan children were displayed in Town Center.

Lew considers his main interests in photography to be travel, birds, and reflections. “Each picture has a story and seen together they create a larger sense of place,” he says. He loves the diversity of birds and the visual impact of reflections.

LewPriven-LaPaz reflection
“La Paz Reflection” by Lew Priven

Lew is an active member of the RW Photography Club and credits the club with providing members an opportunity for training and learning from others’ work.

“The camera is not as important as how the photographer views and captures the object, scene, or action,” he added while pointing to a photograph of reflections taken in La Paz, Bolivia, which is currently on display in the Encore Theater lobby as part of the RW Arts Council show.

The next phase of the Arts Council of Riderwood is now underway with jurying scheduled for June 1. This will result in the selection of new art to be shown at Lakeside Commons for 3 months beginning June 9 through early September. The current art work at Lakeside will be on exhibit in Montgomery Station for three months and then move to Village Square.

If you have questions or concerns about some aspect of upcoming exhibits or preparing your work for September or December jurying, please call Arts Council member Suzan Wynne at 240-560-7767. The council is working on a list of commercial frame resources and art supplies.

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