IF YOU GO

What: Four Corners Photographic Society spring show

When: May 1 - 31. Reception from 1 to 4 p.m. May 5.

Where: Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

 

FARMINGTON Once Bob Grossheim and his wife entered semi-retirement, the couple decided to explore the world.

"We're trying to travel and see as much of the world as we can," he said.

Along their travels, Grossheim carries a small digital camera to take photos of the sights. And that's exactly what he did during a recent trip to Indonesia. The couple scuba dived off the island of Wakatobe, a couple hundred miles east of Bali, and while exploring the coral reef beneath the surface, Grossheim snapped a few pictures, such as clownfish swimming through anemones.

Now some of those shots as well as other photos Grossheim has taken during his travels will be displayed at the Farmington Civic Center during the Four Corners Photographic Society's spring show. Fifty-five photographs by 10 different photographers will decorate the civic center walls.

A show reception will be held May 5. People will be able to vote for their favorite photographer's work.

Jim Burgess, a former San Juan College black and white photography teacher, founded the Four Corners Photographic Society about 20 years ago. Grossheim joined the group about five years later.

In addition to photos of coral, Grossheim snapped pictures of Indonesia's sunsets, which he described as exquisite. Some of these photos will also be on display during the show.

Grossheim said photography "gives you a reason to go somewhere." During many of his travels, Grossheim often becomes the group photographer. After the trip, he makes slideshows for the other travelers in his group.

But not all the members of the Four Corners Photographic Society go to exotic places for their photos. Member Charles Stacey is displaying photos taken in the Four Corners area.

One of the photos on display in the spring art show is one that Stacey shot in Newcomb while he was working for Navajo Behavioral Health Services. He said during the seven years he worked on the reservation, he carried a camera around with him because every time he'd turn around there was something to photograph.

Stacey continues carrying a camera with him wherever he goes, even if it is just biking to work.

"If there's something I see, I stop and shoot," Stacey said.

Hannah Grover can be reached at hgrover@daily-times.com; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover