There are only a few weeks left in 2016, and the last artist exhibiting in Patchogue-Medford Library this year has put together a collection of photos that reflect all the seasons.
“It’s progressive, so it starts with the spring flowers,” O’Keefe said during a Wednesday interview at her exhibit on the lower level of the main building.
For the summer she has images of the Coney Island carousel, the fall she has photos of the Hudson Valley near where she grew up and wildlife photos as well. O’Keefe currently lives in Brookhaven and previously worked as a social worker and therapist.
“The thing I love is I like to work with water reflections,” O’Keefe said, and noted that some of her favorite pieces also emphasize shadows. This can especially be seen on an image of a duck on display, which shows the animal standing along a coastline that created both reflections and shadows.
Since O’Keefe’s exhibit is very close to the Children’s Department of the library, she recommends that anyone hoping to get into photography grab a camera and start learning.
“A lot of it has to do with having a good eye, and secondly it has to do with editing,” O’Keefe said about getting into photography. “It has a lot to do with just being able to see composition, color…so it’s just practice really.”
O’Keefe, a cancer survivor, has also recently exhibited with United Artists Against Cancer: Through the Eyes of a Child event in Port Jefferson Village.
And in celebration of this final exhibit for the year, a reception is being held for her exhibit this Saturday, December 10th from 3 p.m.-5 p.m., and light refreshments will be served for it.
O’Keefe’s exhibit will be on display in the lower level of the library through December 31. For any photography inquiries, she can be reached by calling 516-446-7032.