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Photo Club Meeting: Abstract Photography by Larry Petterborg

  • March 16, 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092

Join us for the March meeting of the Friends of Hagerman NWR Nature Photography Club. Photo club members, guests, and visitors are welcome to attend meetings. Larry Petterborg will give a presentation about Abstract Photography. 

Abstract Photography

When people look at abstract art, they often say, “I don’t get it. What’s it supposed to be?” I don’t think that is the question to ask. I suggest that a better response to an abstract piece is, “how do I feel about this?” In this presentation, I will discuss “abstract” art in general and use that understanding for an exploration of abstract photography. We will begin with a didactic presentation of ideas and examples of abstract photography. Then move into a presentation and discussion of abstract images that I have made and how they were created. By the end of the session, it is my hope that the audience has a better idea of what abstract photography is and how it may help one become a better photographer.

You can view Larry's photos at Larry Petterborg’s albums on Flickr.

Larry Petterborg - HNWR Dec 2023

About Larry Petterborg

More than 75 years ago I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. At a young age I got a Kodak Brownie camera and began taking pictures. I have been involved in “club” photography for well over 40 years. It all began in San Antonio when I joined the old Woodlawn Camera Club while in graduate school. It was such a wonderful experience being able to get out of the academic environment for a few hours now and then and be around a group of people that shared a passion for taking and showing photographs. When I took my first faculty position at the University of Missouri, I also joined the Mid-Missouri Camera club, where I served a term as president. When we decided to relocate to Dallas, I joined the Plano Photography Club. Subsequently, I joined the Heard Nature Photographers Club, and eventually the Dallas Camera Club. I hold and have held various positions in all three clubs. I strongly feel that it is important to be involved in a group to fully enjoy the benefits of being a member.

Early on, my primary interest in photography was documenting the natural world and while that continues to be the driving force in my photographic endeavors, I also enjoy cityscapes, abstracts, and travel photography. I feel like I have grown tremendously in my artistic ability and expanded my photographic interests in the past 10 to 15 years due to advancements in digital technologies. Moving on from film has made taking pictures and processing images so easy (some would argue it has become much too easy) and one is never short of places to go and stories to tell. Since retiring from an academic career, I spend a great deal of time on photography, taking pictures, processing files, making prints, reading articles, watching videos, preparing teaching programs, and planning club field trips/making slide shows. In my previous life I spent many years teaching graduate and professional students. Now, as an active photography club shooter, I can continue doing something I very much enjoy and help others by sharing what I know about photography with club members.


For questions about the photo club, contact:

Lisa Wilkins, Photo Club Leader

Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com

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Events and activities hosted by the Friends of Hagerman are funded by donations and powered solely by volunteers.  There are no fees for admission to the refuge or parking; the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

6465 Refuge Road

Sherman, TX 75092


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Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

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