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4 pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Life Thursday, December 27, 2012 B3 OUt&about O a week(y er tergainme t ca/e dar Photographs by Jefferson County resident Curt Mason are on display in Young FROM PAGE B1 hand, Robinson enrolled at Shep- herd University, where she is bal- ancing academics with work as a portrait photographer as well as as- signments from the Spirit of Jeffer- son. After seeing Robinson's photo- graphs of the Wonderment Puppet Theater in Marfinsburg as well as holiday events including parades, tree lightings and Santa visits, we wanted to know more about her life and the approach she takes to her work~ Here, we hear her an- swers to six questions: How long have you been interested in photography? the meeting room of South Jefferson Public Library through the end of January. The library is located at 49 Church St. in Summit Point. For more on Mason's exhibit or other offerings at the library, call 304-725-6227 or go online to Art in Summit Point Through this weekend, arresting photographs created by the Jefferson County Photography Club will be on display at the public library in Martinsburg, and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, the club meets at 7 p.m, on the second Tuesday of each month at the Fire House Gallery at 108 N. George St, in Charles Town. The Martinsburg-Berkley County Public Library is The club's annual located at 101 W. King St. exhibition features shots in downtown Martinsburg. taken in 2012 in4ar-flung Normal hours are is 9 a.m. locales such as Martha's to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday VineyardinMassachusetts, and Thursda7 and from 9 Natchez, Miss., even a.m. to 5 p.rr .Wednesday, Varanasi, India: Friday and Saturday. Club members takingSunday hours are 1 to 5 part in the exhibit include p.m. The library's number Lisa Arroniz, Melanie is 304-267-8933. Brownsmith, Sally For more information Fitzgerald, Curt Mason,on the club or the free John Moore, Alice Newton, exhibition, go online to Dan Smith and Rip Smith. or find the club On Affiliated with the Arts Facebook. Jocelyn Robinson's portraits of families show off her subjects' feelings about each other as well as the Panhandle's natural beauty. "Something piqued my interest in photography just as I tumed 15 The result of sharing photographs is, ized that photojoumalism and free- a minor 'instead of a major because and I received my first SLR camera again, connectedness and participa- lance portraiture are two complete- if the economy tanks, my business the following Christmas. I suppose tion in the world around us. ly different types of photography, will go down with it. Within the next that something was the love of art "That's what so many people want With portraiture, it's all about art- eight years (after graduate school) and music. I was in band until my out of life: to be present, to be includ- istry, technique and taking a photo- I will have a degree in something senior year in high school and while ed, to be able to say, 'I was there' when graph with sentimental value. While people will always need: a psychol- I loved it, it was a bit too structured something historical happens. Maybe there are significant amounts of art- ogist. On top of that, I will be able and regimented for my taste. I still I should speak for myself, but that is istry that follow photojoumalism, it to have a side career in photojoumal- do play the piano, but I turned to exactly why I take photographs." is more about capturing the story be- ism. The best thing about this semes- photography because I could do hind a single photograph. These pic- ter is knowing that I am going some- what I want, when I wanted, and Has your family been behind you as tures are published so readers get a where. I am working toward being there was no standard to live up to you pursued your interest in photog- visual understanding and doctunen- somebody that will one day be able other than my own. I love music raphy? tation of what went on at a particular to help others. and I always will but photography event. has a special place in my heart." "My family has always been 100 "It's not so much about the peo- You,re from Charles Town origi- percent supportive in everything I ple in the photograph but the action nally? Why do you enjoy photography so do. My mother is a single parent and around the people in the photograph; much? work follows her wherever she goes, a snapshot from the eye of a partici- "I was bom in Leesburg, Va., but however, she has always found time pant within the crowd. All the same, I've lived in Charles Town my whole "I suppose it's because photo- to attend my band recitals, t-ball I find that I am less stressed when I life. I moved to Bunker Hill about a graphs serve as a sort of time cap- sule that we cherish as we grow games and other important events in am out shooting a journalism assign- year ago and I feel so far away from older. They're in-the-moment, vi- my life. . ment. There isn't a focal client and thehustleandbustleofmyhometown. "As I picked up the camera and be- I'm not on stage performing. I don't My mother always swore she would sual records of events and people gan shooting with clients, I became have to constantly think of poses and never leave mai]a street in Charles that exist and perish as time goes known as the family photographer, coerce people to smile because in Town, and yet, here we are. We live in by. There's permanence within a Every birthday party, Christmas, Eas= journalism, people do that on their a great townhouse, the problem is we photograph. Whether it be pho- tojoumalism, portraiture or even ter and holiday within,the last three own. I can blend in with the Crowd can't move the town house to Charles landscape photography, what was years have found their way onto my around me and get great candid shots Town. One day I would lox/e to move happening and present when that hard drive. It's a personal record for and participants don't even know back... I will probably end up in D.C. picture was snapped will never ex- what goes on in our lives and I take I'm there, for graduate school which I m really ist again. It is now history flashing pride in knowing that many of my looking forward to. across a computer screen or lying photographs are printed in the homes Please tell us about your experience "I'm my mother's only child and I of loved ones. Years and years from so far at Shepherd. suppose that is why I am an old soul. in the palm of your our children and grandchildren She's always treated me like an adult Ushering in '13 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ' Tickets co st $10, which Charles Town's American includes snacks, party LegiOn Jackson,Perks Post favors and champagne. 71 holds a New Year's Eve The non-profit post, located Bash that's open to the at 225 W. Washington St., public. The event starts serves veterans of all ages. at 6 p.m. Monday and the For details, call the post band Don't Look Back will at 304-725-7212 or email perform rock 'n' roll hits Scot Hart at scotahart@ from the '50s and '60s from "On top of recording history, the art of photography is often the way can look back on the pictures I have one shares life and experiences taken to get a sense of close of a faro- with another. Pictures, with social ily we really were. ,'My media as their vessel, are a way for best friend Jarrod Wolfe is al- the human race to document" their ways there to accompany me on a existence and to stay connected photo shoot. We have been friends to one another. There are millions since high school and it's nice having upon millions of photographs cir- a second pair of eyes when it comes cling Facebook and Twitter right to posing people while getting them to now. This is all because it is human lighten up and have fun during photo shoots. I consider him a brother and a nature to chronicle the things one finds valuable. That's why people part of my family that is so often the take so many pictures of their kids basis of inspiration within my work." - or in my case, the dog. They're How is your work for the Spirit differ- important to us and we're proud of them, so, of course, we want to entfrom your previous assignments? share them with the world; to share with aunts, and uncles and cousins. "As I've started taking pictures for the Spirit of Jefferson. I've real- - J son Urgent Care tient At Jefferson Urgent Care, our patients are treated like individuals who matter instead of just another number on our list. Our professional staff skillfully attends,to the needs of each )erson who walks through our doors. We care for them. We help them. And we want them to know they're important to us... as if they were our own family. LAB AND X-RAY ON-SITE OPEN WHEN YOU NEED US MOST: MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:00 AM-8:00 PM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Somerset Village Shopping Center, Charles Town 304.728-8533 "I've always heard horror stories and as a result, I grew up rather fast. about college and how it's extreme- My family tells me I'm an old wom- ly difficult to do well but the truth an because my most exciting extra- is, if you're responsible and do what curricular activities involve going you're supposed to, you'll do fine. out to eat with my friend Jarrod at Instead of partying or playing vid- least twice times a week and watch- eo games all day, every day, students ing 'Frasier' before I go to bed. should spend their time catching up "It may not be exciting to your on assignments and avoiding pro- average teenager or adult; but I en- crastination at all costs, joy just sitting and talking to peo- "Procrastination causes stress and pie who I may come across in Glo- I simply do not have time to be wor- ry Days or in the local coffee shop. rying about school work. All in all, I I would rather spend my time fig- love Shepherd University. It's a lib- uring out how to build something eral and relaxed town so it's great for meaningful in my life and to get a liberal and relaxed student. Parking ahead of the game. I want to have is a huge problem but the professors what so many young people lack are friendly and the town has the best these days: ambition. "mom and pop' shops. "Success isn't just going to fall in "I am a psychology major and a your lap, you have to work for it. You photography minor. I chose psychol- have to be willing to give up sleep, ogy because I've always found peo- you have to be willing to give up pie's behavior to be fascinating and I time with family and friends - other- want to help people. A photography wise, you will be constantly stuck in minor was a given but I chose it as a treadmill that goes nowhere." 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