REVIEW: Featured photographer captures wildlife, landscapes

talmon exhibit review

"Spirit Wolf" by Trina Talmon, left, is one of her most majestic photos on exhibit at the Crestview Public Library.

TRINA TALMON / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 05:57 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Many of Trina Talmon's images almost hypnotize the viewer. They lure you in and don’t let you go.

It's a rare gift. Artworks that don't command more than a cursory glance before moving on to the next piece never make that crucial emotional catch.

Transitioning from snapshot to artwork takes effort. Anyone can point and shoot a camera, but composing something worthy of contemplation takes an ability to see the world differently from the rest of us, and the technical skill to capture it.

Talmon has both.

"It took three years in school for it ... then my husband got me a new camera for my birthday. I thank him all the time,” Talmon said.

Several of her pieces grabbed me. "The Stare," a tight shot on a Bengal tiger’s riveting gaze at Sasquatch Zoo, is one of them. Gaze long enough and you begin to wonder if the beast has spied a friend or lunch.

"Moon Bridge," a charming landscape of a classic stone footbridge reflected in mirror-still water, initially appears to be a reptilian eye.

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