MOUNT MORRIS — It all comes down to capturing the moment when you devote your time to being a photographer.
Livingston Arts Executive Director Betsy Harris said they wanted to have a small exhibit in Apartment One for December. From Dec. 1 until Dec. 16 the Poags Hole Hillclimb and Genesee Valley Hunt Exhibit will be up to enjoy.
“Our photographers went behind the scenes at these events,” Harris said. “One of them got all the way to the top of Poags Hole Hillclimb. We love having nice and diverse photographers.”
Harris said they have never had an exhibit in December, and felt like it was time to bring in that tradition.
There is a new batch of New Deal paintings on display, as well as a Bernie Dick exhibit in the gift shop.
The six photographers for the Apartment One exhibit are; Ciara Costley, Jennifer Deville Catalano, Jason Wilder, Jim Burns, Tom Hogle, and Rich Engelbrecht.
Engelbrecht said he had a great time going to the events, and being a part of this new exhibit.
“I was covered in dirt as I went up the hill for photos,” he said. “They gave us press passes, so we had free run of the whole thing.”
Engelbrecht said it took him two hours to clean the camera after going to that event.
“The tough part was choosing what photos to use for the gallery,” he said. “Especially when you have so many equally good photos.”
Engelbrecht wanted to do a theme with his photos, so all of his photos have action in them.
“I wanted to acknowledge the the helpers on Poags Hole,” he said. “These guys risk life and limb on that hill.”
Engelbrecht said now that he knows what to expect at the events he will do things differently next year.
“I am honored to be able to contribute to this,” he said. “I look forward to doing it again. I like to promote local events.”
Costley said she has loved horses her whole life, and owns a few of them. She was eager to go to the Genesee Valley Hunt this year.
“I wanted to take the photos I didn’t think other people would take,” she said. “I really love the up close shots. I wanted to capture the little things.”
Costley’s favorite photo was the cheerful little girl.
“We all start out as that pony crazy little girl,” she said. “Pretty soon she will be asking her mom for a pony, and she will be competing in these events.”
Costley has never been into the hardcore sports like motorcycle racing, but she enjoyed the Poags Hole Hillclimb.
Burns said he didn’t realize how many people showed up to Poags Hole Hillclimb every year. He didn’t know the Genesee Valley Hunt existed either.
“I have never been at the Livingston Arts before,” he said. “I wanted to show a similar theme in all of my photos.”
Burns said he liked showing the behind the scenes type photos of the events.
Wilder does a lot of street photography, but also enjoyed coming to these events.
“I love that these are both family events,” he said. “The spectators at these events stuck out to me the most.”
Wilder said he loves how it all flowed naturally with the chaos of what was happening at the events.
“Not knowing anything about these events was the fun part,” he said. “I came in with a blank slate. I didn’t have any expectations.”
Wilder is used to not knowing in his line of work, since he spends a lot of time taking photos on the street.
“I really didn’t want action photos,” he said. “I wanted the calm in the chaos photos. I wanted the photos that the public wouldn’t be allowed to get. I wanted them to build off of eachother.”
Harris said this is a short exhibit since they didn’t want it to be close to the holidays.
Livingston Arts’ Apartment One gallery, located at 4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris. The show will be up from Dec. 1 – 16 with gallery hours Tuesdays-Fridays 11a.m. to 4p.m. and Saturdays 11a.m. to 3p.m.