The Daily Times photo  "Chiflo Trail" by Doyne and Peggy Lloyd is displayed at The Daily Times Community Center.
The Daily Times photo "Chiflo Trail" by Doyne and Peggy Lloyd is displayed at The Daily Times Community Center.

FARMINGTON — For Peggy and Doyne Lloyd, taking pictures is one of many shared interests that unite them.

The Bloomfield couple is displaying their art in The Daily Times Community Center this month.

Peggy Lloyd said they started taking pictures together in 2005. What started as a hobby soon became much more serious.

"It just started growing," she said.

In order to make their images larger, Peggy Lloyd said they switched to printing on canvases.

After printing the pictures, Doyne and Peggy Lloyd coat them with protective layers of acrylic varnish.

Many of the scenes displayed are of the local area, however there are also pictures taken at Mount Taylor, the Grand Canyon and other Southwestern sites.

The Daily Times photo  "Sunflower Abstract" by Doyne and Peggy Lloyd is displayed at The Daily Times Community Center.
The Daily Times photo "Sunflower Abstract" by Doyne and Peggy Lloyd is displayed at The Daily Times Community Center.

"Generally we don't take pictures on trips," Doyne Lloyd said.

Instead, he said the couple plans special trips to take photos.

They previously lived near Grants, but moved to Bloomfield when Peggy Lloyd got a job as the library director.

Since they began taking pictures, Doyne Lloyd estimates they have taken about 50,000 photographs.

The largest piece of art they have created was a triptych that is displayed in an alcove at New Mexico State University at Grants.

He said the triptych is 30 inches wide and 20 feet long.

The couple has various photographic series including one of Aztec Ruins, some of Chaco Culture Historical Park, a Route 66 photo series and one of hummingbirds they took the summer before moving to Bloomfield.

Doyne Lloyd said to get the hummingbird pictures, they set up a feeder in their backyard and a blind so the hummingbirds couldn't see them. He said that summer they took between 3,000 and 4,000 pictures of the birds.

Over the course of the nine years they have taken pictures, their approach has evolved.

"We've got pretty selective of what we shoot," Doyne Lloyd said.

However, the couple is still inspired by Southwest scenes such as Aztec Ruins and Chaco.

A reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 10

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.