The NMC Gallery showcased photographer and dairy farmer Lena Brown in a solo exhibit of the landscapes around Jay and Enosburg Center as well as her pets, the cats and cows and miniature horses and dogs that inhabit her Enosburg farm.
A photographer for more than 25 years (and "a simple, country women"), she started with black and white film, took courses at CCV, and built her own dark room. She shoots digital now, having moved from her Canon A-1 to a Canon 30D to a 50D. "I guess I am a Canon person."
Introduced in 1978, the "historically significant" A-1 was the first single lens reflex, 35mm film camera to have programmed autoexposure thanks to a built-in microprocessor. That predecessor to today's digital cameras could select an exposure based entirely on its internal light meter input; it offered manual exposure control plus programable modes with shutter priority (vital for sports photography), aperture priority and "stopped down AE," as well as the best fully automatic mode available. Virtually all current cameras have at least one program mode.
Ms. Brown liked that A-1 as much as I liked mine.
She still has all her equipment from those early years. "Nothing will replace the darkroom techniques and experiences I have learned," she said, but digital cameras hooked her with "their fast and inexpensive way of using a camera."
She is also a volunteer courier at NMC.
She hopes her images are uplifting and joyful. "When I see something that captivates my being, it becomes reflected through the lens of my camera."
Center Steeple 2013
Enosburg Falls Dam
Views of Jay
Dick Harper, Chair
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