The Photographers Association brings winning images to the Newhall Library

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After spending 30 years in accounting, Mel Carll was exhausted. One day, he decided to stop and devote himself to what made him happy: photography. Ten years ago, Carll opened a studio in Santa Clarita and has never looked back.

Carll’s work was among 20 pieces featured at the Santa Clarita Photographers Association’s winning photographs exhibition at Newhall’s Old Town Library on Saturday. The exhibition and reception featured photographs that won the association’s November and May image competitions.

Attendees gather in the Newhall Old Town Library meeting room at a photo exhibition reception by members of the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association in Newhall on Friday 072922. Dan Watson/The Signal

“I’ve always done photography since I was a kid and always loved it,” Carll said. “I just burned myself out in the accounting world, and then one day I said, ‘I’m quitting,’ and I opened a studio here in Santa Clarita, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Much of Carll’s work is nature or landscape photography, digitally manipulated to enhance color and printed onto metal sheets to accentuate contrast. One of his works titled “Evening Walk” features Botswana elephants prancing along the savannah. The image sat next to a close-up of a lion titled ‘On the Prowl’, taken in South Africa.

“I think it’s just being outside and being outside and enjoying that, that calmness of being outside,” Carll said. ” That’s what I like. And you know, the animals just in their environment were completely different, so it’s just a completely different experience.

Sebastian Jaramillo, 11, eats a cookie while examining photos on display at the Old Town Library in Newhall during a reception for a photo exhibition by members of the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association in Newhall on Friday 072922. Dan Watson/The Signal

Carll said the experience of photographing wildlife in Africa has prompted him to return soon for more shots.

Sydney Adam, Arts and Exhibits Assistant for the City of Santa Clarita, said these types of events are not only a great way for artists to display their work, but also an important way for the city to do make the community aware that impressive works are done by local residents.

“The city thinks it’s really important to have these collaborations with local nonprofits to kind of bring community cohesion and support our creative members of the community,” Adams said. “So it gives us an opportunity in a space for members, and then outside members to also publicize these organizations.

Participants Jennifer and JC Jaramillo from Valencia discuss photos on display at Newhall’s Old Town Library during a reception for a photo exhibition by members of the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers’ Association in Newhall on Friday 072922. Dan Watson/The Signal

Like Carll, Kevin Karzin changed careers before returning to photography. Karzin worked as a photojournalist for The Signal and Associated Press before changing careers to work as a lineman for a telephone company. But following a work injury, Karzin rediscovered his passion. Karzin’s work has focused on profile shots of interesting characters, such as a man performing at a Renaissance fair.

“So it was at the revival fair last year in Irwindale,” Karzin said. “And he was doing a performance for the Queen. They [were]just very lively.

Karzin is now president of the Photographers Association and said it was great to see the art of his peers on display.

“I love it. I mean, that’s one of the things we try to do in Santa Clarita is get our artwork out there.

Another competition-winning photographer, Andrew Lewis, said he had always been drawn to fires. During a fire that occurred at the north end of Acton, Lewis was able to capture a firefighting aircraft dropping fire retardant. The piece is called “On Target”.

Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association President Kevin Karzin photographs attendees at a reception and photo exhibit held at the Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Friday 072922. Dan Watson / The Signal

“I’ve always been a bit passionate about watching fire. My dad and I used to go out and watch the fires in [our]region,” Lewis said. “I heard about it just around the corner from my house… I had no excuse not to go. I was in a really good position where I was out of the fire, I was out of the way, I was on a good level and I could shoot it. Just in the right place, at the right time, with the sun behind me. I just worked.

Whether it was a career change or a lifelong passion, these photographers saw their work as art and were proud of it. Winners of the association’s contests, these photos are among the best of Santa Clarita. Carll said if you have a passion, there’s no reason to delay it.

“Find something you like and do it. Don’t wait,” Carll said. most important thing. Don’t wait.

The winning photographs from the Santa Clarita Photographers Association competition will be on display at the Old Town Newhall Library until October 17.

Classical guitarist Manak Khamvongsa entertains during a Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association reception and exhibition at the Newhall Old Town Library in Newhall on Friday 072922. Dan Watson/The Signal

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