Photographer showcases work created with an ordinary camera

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Enfield, Suffield - posted Fri., Jul. 12, 2013
Photographer Andrew Lawson and best friend Jillian Jewell stand together for a picture at Lawson's reception for his exhibit at the Kent Memorial Library Art Gallery on July 11. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos
Photographer Andrew Lawson and best friend Jillian Jewell stand together for a picture at Lawson's reception for his exhibit at the Kent Memorial Library Art Gallery on July 11. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos

People walking into the Kent Memorial Library Art Gallery on July 11 were there to see the creative photography of Andrew Lawson. The viewing reception was accompanied by a selection of wine and snacks.

“I used to always draw and paint when I was younger and as I got older with a job, I didn't have a creative outlet, so I took up photography,” said Lawson. “It's just a normal crappy little camera that I use. I don't use any fancy lenses or anything like that.”

This was Lawson's first time displaying his work in a gallery setting. In fact, the Enfield resident said it happened by accident, when he was calling the library to inquire about a photography group that meets. He called the gallery line by mistake and the man who answered the phone asked if he would like to display his work. Lawson chose to showcase an eclectic variety of subjects, including flowers, antique cars, scenery, trees and old buildings.

As a child, Lawson said he had a creative eye and enjoyed drawing and painting, but as he got older and began working, he didn't have a creative outlet. Eventually, he found photography, through which he has the opportunity to share his perspective of the world with others. Lawson especially likes to photograph old, rustic objects and buildings, because he believes it captures the history of a subject's life.

“He stops to appreciate the aesthetic things in life more than we do,” said Martha Trevallion, a former Agawam High School classmate. “He really takes the time to see that kind of stuff. He goes to Brimfield flea market to take some of these pictures and out of that whole flea market he can find a square foot of something to take a picture of and make it art; it's amazing.”

Trevallion did not know Lawson well in school, but in the past year has gotten to know him and his work. Though she enjoyed viewing the different subjects, her favorites are the photographs with perspective such as roadways, landscapes and fencing. She also pointed out the texture and contrast of his photographs as something that she appreciates.

Lawson said he tries to take his camera everywhere and has recently been interested in photographing old possessions people have, as a way to preserve the objects' memory and value. He also experiments with his subjects. One photo on display was of a rose that he had taken with a piece of ice in front of the lens, which gave a distorted, glossy look to the photograph.

“This is a very small portion of what we have seen,” said Dee Yasgar. “His work is just so amazing; this does not do justice to his other work.”

Aside from the matte-finish framed photographs hanging on the walls, Lawson brought other matted work and folders of photographs that were displayed on tables for people to view. One of his framed pieces was of countless teacups available for purchase at the Brimfield flea market; another was a long rope on a deck. The photographs will be on display through July 31.

 


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