Thursday, December 20, 2012

Art in the Stacks: Joe Doebler

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library are pleased to present an exhibit  of photographs by Joe Doebler beginning Sunday, December 2nd. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours through December.  “Art in the Stacks” is an initiative of the Friends of the Library, to provide individual artists an opportunity to show their work, and for library patrons to enjoy art at the library throughout the year.


“I received a second hand camera as a gift when I was 12 and started taking pictures. I financed my new hobby with a paper route.   I took pictures of everything, my friends, landscapes and nature.  I quickly decided to become involved with the enlarging and chemical processing of my photos so I could have control of the finished product.  I was fascinated with the technology involved. During the past 20 years I followed the transition of photography from film and chemicals into digital cameras and computers.  The new digital technology brought new challenges of its own but also made results much quicker to achieve. “  All of my pictures are taken and printed by me.


In real life Joe was an underwater acoustic engineer for the Navy, explaining that his favorite subjects in school were math and physics.  He and his wife retired and washed ashore here in 1996.  Retirement has given him more time for travel and photography.  It is fair to say that he has taken  photos from all over the world.  He has sold photos, donated photos to many local benefits and shown his work at Featherstone Center for the Arts, and at other venues.  He also edits and produce a small circulation photo calendar.

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