Michele Borgarelli finished the Radford Photo Club’s year by winning both the theme and the open categories in the December contests.
The theme category was Best of 2023.Borgarelli’s photo, “Hands,” was taken during a trip to India. He explains, “Sometimes details may tell a story. This woman owns a little vegetable street shop in the old city of Jodphur, India. When we noticed her, we stopped by and asked her if we could take a picture. She smiled and said: ‘You know I am famous’. This raised our curiosity, so we asked for more details. She showed us a local newspaper showing a picture of her that was published in the National Geographic magazine. I believe her hands tells the story of her life.”
He titled his winning photo in the open category “Waiting.” Borgarelli explains, “A woman is sitting outdoors at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York. The chair placed in a different direction may suggest she is waiting for somebody to come. At the end that is what we all do.”
Adi Ben-Senior will present the program on photographing city scenes and urban landscapes at the Thursday, Jan. 18, Radford Photo Club meeting at 6 p.m. at the Radford Public Library.
The photo challenge for January is black and white outdoor photography. There is also an open challenge.
The Radford Photo Club is made up of professional and amateur photographers from throughout the New River Valley. Meetings, events, and outings are open to the public. If you have questions about the club, email Lucy Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michele Borgarelli at email@example.com.