Art by the books

As Lynn Moskowitz drove to the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library Monday, Jan. 28, a little before noon, she thought of the perfect title for her photograph.

She decided the piece would be called Autumn of Late because she was running a little late to drop off her entry in the library's 13th annual Juried Show of Art and Photography.

The color photograph, which went on to win second place in the color photograph category, features Moskowitz's 11-year-old daughter, Emma, covered by a pile of leaves.

"I know that you don't always get a lot of good photographs," Moskowitz said. "This one wowed me."

She said that as a photographer for a newspaper, she saw first-hand how difficult it was to capture a perfect moment.

While she did not plan to enter the show, positive feedback from family and friends who saw the photo hanging in her home, prompted her to enter.

"I'm one of the few people using a non-digital camera," said Moskowitz, who takes pictures with a Nikon FE2 SLR camera.

This posed a slight problem for her. When she went to have the photo printed, they lightened her daughter's face. However, her intent was for her daughter's face to be a little shaded so she went back to the printer and had them reprint the original.

Her artistic eye paid off, and she will accept a second-place award in the category of color photography, at the show's reception on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Although, the majority of pieces in the show this year are photographs, paintings and other art forms are also represented.

"It's almost reverse," said Gail Winters, head of the reference section at the library. She said that two-thirds of the entries used to be artwork and one-third was photography, but now people primarily submit photographs.

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