Mentor Library will soon be launching a new photography club out of its Mentor Headlands branch that will welcome photography enthusiasts of all kinds who want to sharpen their skills.
The new club will hold its first meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 20 at the branch, 4669 Corduroy Road, and is open to participants of all ages and experience levels. The group will be led by one of the library’s associates, Michelle Leighty, who has been a photographer for about 20 years.
The club is also open to all types of cameras — even if it’s a camera on a cell phone, Leighty said.
Participants will be able to discuss their individual backgrounds and what they would be most interested in learning about photography at the first meeting. There will also be opportunities to take pictures in and around the library itself.
Future meetings will feature photo walks at Headlands Beach State Park and Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve, among other nearby locations. Club members will also have opportunities in the future to display their work inside the library.
Leighty recalled that she first became interested in photography after she moved abroad for several years as a young adult, and wanted to capture and share her experiences.
“I began by taking typical travel photos — architecture, scenery, people and food,” she said. “I still enjoy photographing those subjects, though my primary interests now are wildlife, nature, documentary and portrait photography.”
She said she encourages those who are just starting out in photography to start by taking pictures of anything that motivates them to practice.
“My goals for this club are to get people from the community together with the common interest of photography, to teach and assist as well as learn from participants, to give people an outlet for exhibiting their work, and to have fun,” Leighty said. “This club is open to all, and I hope the varied backgrounds, ages and skill levels of its attendants lead to inspiration and sharing of perspectives.”
To register for the photography club, visit mentorpl.libcal.com/event/8423640 or call the Headlands branch at 440-257-2000.