“Featuring. . .Gail Silva”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Member Spotlight

Member since 2011

 

"Gail and her Daughter, Liz"

“Gail and her Daughter, Liz”

 

 

 

I’ve always enjoyed looking at pictures, the stories that they tell us and the memories that they share.  I can close my eyes and clearly see the picture of my father as a small child sitting on his tricycle or my mother as a teenager sitting on the roof of their house with the family dog!  These images and the stories that go with them have been with me my entire life.  

As a small child I would pour over my mothers photo albums or beg to look at the family pictures that were on slides, as most were in the late 70s.  For Christmas one year I was given a Holly Hobby camera that took real pictures and I was hooked.  From that time on I always had a camera and I was always taking pictures.  In high school I made use of my hobby by writing for the school yearbook and contributing pictures as well.  In college I was always the one who had a camera to photograph whatever trips or events I was involved with.  Back then we didn’t all have cell phones with cameras built into them in our pockets so this was important.  

Thankfully, my husband Bill encouraged my hobby.  On a trip to Arizona we even took a class together to better learn how to use the SLR camera he had purchased while in the Army.  Around the time our daughter Elisabeth was born he realized that my hobby was going to become rather expensive if we kept with film so we purchased our first point and shoot digital camera.  A few years later, I proved that even a Kodak camera can be used to death and Bill surprised me with a Canon DSLR for Christmas.  

Elisabeth is still one of my favorite subjects to shoot.  I’m still always the one with the camera in my hands. Bill’s grandmother tells me I’m the family historian because I photograph every time we’re all together.  I also enjoy taking pictures of places that mean things to me like Scituate Light or my family camp in Vermont.  

In 2011 I put my name on a waiting list to join the Hockomock Digital Photography club which met right up the street from where I live.  I was thrilled and a bit intimidated when I received an email letting me know that a space had opened and I could join.  Participating in Image Studies and listening to the judges’ remarks during Competitions, I have learned a great deal about the art and science of photography.  The members are friendly and helpful, always encouraging novice photographers to learn and grow.  Being involved with the club has helped me take the next steps with my photography.

 

Family

"Bill and Gail"

“Bill and Gail”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Liz and her Cousin, Bella"

“Liz and her Cousin, Bella”

"Liz and the Driftwood"

“Liz and the Driftwoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature

"Black-eyed Susan"

“Black-eyed Susan”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"A Vermont Winter"

“A Vermont Wint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel

"Paos Volcano, Costa Rica"

“Paos Volcano, Costa Rica”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Jaco, Costa Rica"

“Jaco, Costa Rica”

"Arizona"

“Arizona”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Location

 

"Scituate Lighthouse"

“Scituate Lighthouse”