Beth Williams’ interest in photography began when she enrolled in a photography course as a student at Fordham University in New York City.
With her Pentax K-1000 she captured the sites, the people and the essence of New York City. Whether on the subway or just strolling around the Big Apple, she and her camera were always ready for the next “photo opportunity.”
And there were plenty, thanks to the colorfulness and diversity of New York.
“Photography lets me capture a moment in time,’’ Williams said. ‘‘It’s not important if these moments are spontaneous or planned. It could be a random smile or a special event like a graduation, that is now never forgotten.”
She recently traveled to New Orleans, Colorado, Paris, and London. She was in awe of the undeniable beauty and uniqueness of these destinations. As a result of these recent trips, she rediscovered her enthusiasm for photography.
Her plan is to always look for the “photo opportunities” all around her.
The introduction of digital photography, which has practically replaced SLR cameras, allows for instant results. In the past, she took photos, developed film and then created prints from the negatives.
“Now, I can shoot pictures or videos with my digital camera, iPhone or iPad, and edit and print photos myself in a fraction of the time,” she said.
In the future, she plans to use her photography to create lasting memories to comfort Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
“Creating memory boxes of someone’s most important life experiences may help them hold onto their world a bit longer,” she said.
She also wants to start taking more photos of people in their everyday activities, saying, “I want to capture the essence of someone in a single photo.”
One of Williams’ most memorable experiences was in 2007 during an internship at the Metro Spirit when she and her editor attended a town hall meeting with President Obama in Aiken.
She created a video story of this event and her photo of Obama was featured on the cover of the publication.
Some of her other interests include pottery and Latin ballroom dancing. She is also a member of the North Augusta Artist Guild.