Mentor Library will soon be launching a new photography club out of its Mentor Headlands branch that will welcome photography enthusiasts of all kinds who wish to hone their skills.
The new club will hold its first meeting at 1 p.m. on November 20 at the branch, 4669 Corduroy Road, and is open to participants of all ages and experience levels. The group will be led by one of the library associates, Michelle Leighty, a photographer for about 20 years.
The club is also open to all types of cameras, even if it’s a camera on a cell phone, Leighty said.
Participants will be able to discuss their individual background and what they would be most interested in learning about photography during the first meeting. There will also be photo opportunities in and around the library itself.
Upcoming meetings will include photo walks at Headlands Beach State Park and Mentor Lagoons Nature Reserve, among other nearby locations. Club members will also have the opportunity in the future to exhibit their work inside the library.
Leighty recalled that she first became interested in photography after moving abroad for several years as a young adult, and wanted to capture and share her experiences.
âI started out by taking typical travel photos – architecture, landscapes, people and food,â she said. “I still enjoy photographing these subjects, although my main interests now are wildlife photography, nature, documentaries and portraits.”
She said she encourages those new to photography to start by taking pictures of whatever motivates them to practice.
“My goals for this club are to bring people together in the community with the common interest of photography, to teach and help as well as to learn from participants, to give people an outlet to exhibit their work and to have fun, âLeighty said. . “This club is open to everyone, and I hope that the varied backgrounds, ages and skill levels of its supporters will be a source of inspiration and sharing of perspectives.”
To join the Photography Club, visit mentorpl.libcal.com/event/8423640 or call the Headlands branch at 440-257-2000.