Albert Wisner Library features photography exhibit this month

| 18 Jul 2017 | 01:46

— Photographer Susie Schmieder's earliest memory of showing her love of photography was at age four when she carried the then popular Kodak Brownie everywhere she went.
"I was always in possession of a camera," she said. "I never wanted to miss an opportunity for a great photo."
This month the Albert Wisner Public Library at One MacFarland Drive will feature what it describes as a stunning photography exhibit by Schmieder titled "Everywhere," which is now on display in the Community Room and Gallery through this July.
Inspired by her fatherPhotography is in Schmieder's blood.
Her father, Ted Abrams, served as a photographer in the Signal Corps during World War II.
"I saw a photo of the blitz that he took from a roof top," she said.
Later, her father owned a camera store on Long Island. He also self-published a how to book for amateur photographers.
"His ability to capture, compose and record a moment in time," said Schmieder, "was closely observed by me and eventually became second nature as my photography evolved."
Film vs. digitalAll that was during film photography days but technology intruded and Schmieder reluctantly changed to digital.
"Film and digital," she said, "are two very different media."
She explained that film limits the number of potential photographs whereas digital is almost limitless. And, in addition, digital can be, and is often, altered.
"Although my photos are now taken with digital," said Schmieder, "it is important to note that they are captured as is in that moment and unaltered. I may shoot digital but I treat it as if I am still using film, taking the time to compose and rarely shooting more than twice. A habit, I guess."
The subject matter of her photography varies.
"I shoot what I see based on where I am," said Schmieder. "In some I hope to make a subtle social statement, to trigger a discussion, and to educate. Others, as in this exhibit, are mostly found moments of interesting composition, color and beauty."
- Roger Gavan