Traveling photography exhibit finishes at Dobson Community Library

David BroylesCivitas News Service

January 20, 2013

DOBSON — The 2012 Northwestern Regional Library Traveling Photography Exhibit is finishing up its tour at the Dobson Community Library this week. According to Branch Librarian Cindy Brannock, about 60 photographs by library patrons from Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties are in the collection.

Last year’s theme was “Moving Forward” and the exhibit includes photographs including color, black and white and digitally altered entries.

“We are really getting a mix of regular patrons and others coming in that are interested in the show,” said Brannock. “We had a lot of entries this year already and the more than 60 entries last year was really good participation. The theme for this year’s competition is Show Us Your Best. We have a really good mix in the exhibit, one picture is of a church at Cody Creek and another is a scenery from Utah.”

According to Northwest Regional Library Spokesperson Joan Sherif, this is the seventh annual contest. She said branch libraries are accepting entries until Feb. 22. Persons may get more information on the contest by calling or visiting their local public library in Alleghany, Stokes, Surry or Yadkin counties.

Judging in the contest is scheduled to take place from March 4 to March 15 and all decisions by the judges will be final. Sherif explained that awards will be presented based on subject matter, quality of photograph, composition and presentation. Brannock said response to the exhibit in Dobson has been positive.

“People have given us good responses,” said Brannock. “One lady said she hadn’t realized the area had this much talent. She thought the photographs were by professionals.” A photo titled “Chimp” by Michelle Lintecum won 2012 Best in Show.

Brannock, who has worked at the library for more than 16 years, said the exhibit is another example of changes libraries nationally are making in an age of new medias.

“We as libraries have kept attracting patrons, but we are also trying to stay up to date on all the new social medias,” said Brannock. “For instance, everyone has a cell phone so everyone has a camera. We try to stay up on what’s trending and try to bring the community in with interesting things. We’re learning as they are learning.”

She said one trend she has seen this last year is middle generations who have not used computers using the library as a resource. Brannock said librarians are not only supplying information from books but providing technology information.

“I’m proud that libraries are doing things like workshops to help,” said Brannock. “Libraries are so much more about community programming now and getting communities to come together. The days of the old ‘shush’ and be quiet attitude is giving way to libraries becoming a gathering place to share ideas.”

Brannock said she felt part of this is driven by technology which causes people to miss out on a social aspect.

“People tell us at our story times they just had to get out of the house. Things like this are just one of the ways,” added Brannock, who noted the current Dobson Library building used to be the First Baptist Church. “We’ve come a long way. We like it here, but we also have to keep going.”

The opening reception for this year’s photography contest is scheduled for March 19 at 6:45 p.m. at the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain. A photography workshop will be held before the awards reception at 5:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Reach David Broyles at dbroyles@civitasmedia.com or 719-1952.