Lori Adams

Lori Adams
Hopewell Junction, NY
Non-Fiction, Photography, Media Arts
College/University, Community Center, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library

Publications: Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass, Photography contributor; Timeless Triops: A Prehistoric Creature, author; Little Flowers with Big Attitude, author; Triops – a very unusual creature, co-author; Look, Ask & Learn About Butterflies, co-author. 

Exhibits, including: TheoGanz Studio, Beacon, NY; Art East Open Studio Tour, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY; Faculty & Student Exhibit, Barrett House, Poughkeepsie, NY, Fascinating Florals and Sensuous, Sumptuous Edibles Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, NY;“Trees” & “The Color Red” Riverwinds Gallery/Wells Fargo, Rhinebeck, NY; New and Old Favorites Desmond Fish Library, Garrison, NY, Formation, Structure in Nature, Art & Design Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY, Faculty Exhibit, Art Instructors, Dutchess Community College Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

Workshops & Teaching Photography workshops specific to 55 and older adults at the following organizations. In all of them I have been the instructor/workshop leader.

White Plains Library, White Plains, NY; Bedford Library, Bedford, NY; Arbor Ridge Living, Rhinebeck, NY; Watermark Communities, The Fountains at Millbrook, Millbrook, NY; Desmond Fish Library, Garrison, NY; Barrett House, Poughkeepsie, NY; Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY; North Castle Public Library, Armonk, NY; Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY

Everyone needs a creative outlet. Mine is photography. My commercial and personal photography involves creative portraiture, photography of artwork, industrial and advertising photography, landscapes, and still lifes. It revolves around visual communication of ideas, using a camera as my medium. The best part in teaching older individuals is hearing/seeing the ideas they wish to express. My eyes are opened into worlds I have not experienced.

From working with older adults in many venues, I have found that lack of knowledge and experience with technology developments is significant. From decades of advertising slogans promoting sales of traditional and digital cameras, there is a general, but false, belief that photography is easy. The sophistication of photography now includes both computer and optical technologies. Teaching photography involves understanding computer processes plus traditional understanding of cameras and lenses. In a series of steps, I break down the technical and digital parts to facilitate higher confidence levels. The senior citizen community in this decade did not grow up with computers. I demystify and explain using universal analogies. Combined with time to practice, the success rate is high in moving individuals forward in understanding their cameras, related computer software and internet options.

The visual elements of creating stimulating photographic visuals, including timing, vantage point, lighting, composition, color, tonality and more are discussed as means of communicating ideas. Because there is much overlap with other visual arts disciplines, examples from painting, drawing, printmaking and others are included.