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Photographer's work featured in new show

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ContributedMaking wildlife photographs takes patience. Larry Sturgismade this photo of a blue heronpicking uplunch at Middlefork Reservoir in Richmond. Sturgis’ works will be on display at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association beginning Friday evening.
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Making wildlife photographs takes patience. Larry Sturgismade this photo of a blue heronpicking uplunch at Middlefork Reservoir in Richmond. Sturgis’ works will be on display at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association beginning Friday evening.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

A new show, “Transient Images: the photographic artwork of Larry Sturgis,” opens Friday in the Whitewater Valley Arts Association gallery.

The show includes shots of fireworks and wildlife. with an open house and continues on display for a month 

Sturgis is a Cambridge City native who still lives there with wife Bess. She first joined the Arts Association years ago. He is retired from Transilwrap in Richmond.

“Years ago, I tried film for a while,” Sturgis said. “You’re doing all the holidays so you don’t get to enjoy the family because you’re busy taking photos. I quit that. Four or five years ago I went to the fireworks with a little camera and thought, ‘what the heck we’ll see what happens’ and it was so much fun.”

His retirement came the next year and he bought a better camera, a Canon T3i. He uses two lenses, a 16-300 mm and a 150-600 mm. The longer one is what you have to have to chase birds, he said. Some people taking bird pictures are using $10,000 lens.

“I took some lessons from Joe Halberstadt from New Paris, Ohio, and began looking for eagles and other kinds of birds and things,” he said.

He shot the eagles in his photographs from a spot west of Brookville on Levee Road along the Whitewater River.

“I saw one at Middlefork Reservoir (in Richmond), and they are other places,” he said. “I chase woodpeckers. They don’t linger and give you a chance to set up, you have to be ready or they’re gone.”

Some of his photographs were displayed at Reid Health last fall. The photographs were chosen specifically to make people feel good, he said.

Sturgis has no interest in making photography a business, although he might sell photos like those in the display. It takes too much equipment and know-how to shoot weddings, he said.

The open house is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Art Association’s Smith Building gallery downtown, 402 Central Ave. The show is available for viewing during regular gallery hours for the next month.

Sturgis has had photos in previous shows at the Arts Association but never a standalone show.

The next two months’ shows are competitions. The annual high school art competition is in April and a regional art competition in May.

The June exhibit of Planes, Trains and Automobiles will area highlight transportation, from the Whitewater Valley Railroad to the history of automobile manufacturing in Connersville and the area’s airport. August is a tribute to the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.

Transient Images

Photographs by Larry Sturgis will be on display at the Whitewater Arts Association gallery, 402 Central Ave.

The show opening will be 6-8 p.m. Friday. The gallery’s normal hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.