Last spring, Beth Holmes was up near Jackson Lake Dam when she spotted something she thought no one else had seen: a large male bear walking along the levee.
“I had binoculars, and I watched him come up onto the levee and walk toward the dam on the levee, and there was nobody else around,” she said. “It was pretty incredible.”
But binoculars weren’t the only piece of equipment Holmes had. She was also carrying her camera and a 150- to 600-millimeter zoom lens. Holmes took it out and started snapping, following the bear as it made its way along the dam intake and across the lake to an embankment near the Chapel of the Sacred Heart before disappearing into the Signal Mountain area.
All told, Holmes said, she may have shot over 150 photos of the bruin. One, “Old Bear,” made its way into the Teton Photography Club’s show at Teton County Library.
The second half of the show, featuring the second set of about 20 jury-selected images, will open Monday with a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the library.
This year, Holmes was a contestant in the photography club’s 2019 image contest, which was open to all members, whether amateur or professional. More than 100 images were submitted across five categories: landscape, wildlife, Jackson Hole life, black-and-white and abstract.
Holmes, who was also a judge this year, said submissions were strong. The contest is judged blind, she said, and she judged her work honestly, along with the rest of the judges who had also entered photos of their own.
“There was a lot of great quality, lots of variety,” Holmes said.
Ben Nardi, another member of the club, had two photos selected for the show: a black-and-white of Cascade Canyon in a storm and a color shot of fall foliage reflected in String Lake. The first, “Cascade Canyon Storm,” hung in the first batch; the second, “String Lake Reflection,” is up now.
Nardi, who uses a Nikon D750, said he was a professional photographer 30-plus years ago and recently got back into it when his son started shooting.
Nardi has been with the photo club for about three years. He describes himself as an “advanced amateur.” He had four pieces in last year’s show. He likes how the exhibition brings together club members and gives everyone a shot at hanging work, he said.
“I think it’s great,” Nardi said. “It gives a lot of our up-and-coming amateur photographers a venue.”
Same for the professionals: “I think that’s the beauty of it. Amateurs and professionals alike, working together, helping each other and — not to be funny — getting exposure for their work.”
Part two of the Teton Photography Club’s annual exhibit will hang at the library through Nov. 15.￼