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Rotating Art Show
February 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
“OBX Women in Wildlife” featuring North Carolina Wildlife Photography will be on display in the first floor conference room of the Town hall (1200 Duck Rd) from Friday, February 2 through Wednesday, April 24, 2024.
Nature photography is a strong passion for me. I am drawn to being close to wildlife and feel a sense of emptiness when too much time passes without it. Each encounter is considered a gift. These encounters become educational, as I want to learn more about the subjects I see and photograph. Wildlife can teach us so much when we are allowed into their world. I encourage others to enjoy and learn from wildlife and to help protect its existence.
As a mom, fine art was my hobby. As I entered the golden years of my life I turned to photography. It is not my vocation but my avocation and passion. My images are a gift to you from nature. I hope that they will open a whole new magical world of beauty, wonder and appreciation for those who see them. It is such a joy to capture a special moment in nature and be able to share it with others. Please get out and reap the rewards of nature. Preserve and protect them. There is so much to enjoy and so little time to enjoy it.
Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan
Wildlife photography reminds me of my place in the universe. Being alone in nature here at the Outer Banks, whether on the beach in the dead of winter or in the vastness of the refuge, I am reminded that I share this space with an amazing number of remarkable creatures big and small, all trying to survive, to raise their families, and to find shelter. Watching these animals go about their daily business, often in extremely harsh conditions, I stand in awe at tiny acts of courage, of resilience and strength. I also feel a huge sense of gratitude for my own shelter, my own family, my own food, as well as gratitude for the opportunity to observe and photograph these animals. I am grateful to co-exist with all the magnificent creatures I encounter, honored to share their space.
Photography has become an integral part of my spiritual practice, particularly when I am photographing wildlife. Over the past 15 years or so, I’ve shifted my intentions when I step outside with my camera, and even modified how I talk about photography to better match my experiences out in the field. I don’t want to approach wildlife as a predator, “taking” pictures or “capturing” moments, but as a seeker of connection, hoping and asking to be granted gifts of presence that provide a window into wild worlds and wild lives. I often ask animals or birds to come, or to move into a better spot. Even in the excitement of a wonderful sighting, I try to remember to express my thanks in words, whether spoken aloud or in the quiet of my spirit.