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Queens photographers featured at ‘Exploring Gateway’ exhibit
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
A free photography exhibit at the
Jamaica Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel
is now open to the public to view works of
two Queens photographers capturing the
“locations, worlds and points of time” at
the Gateway National Recreation Area.
A grand opening reception was held on
Feb. 16 for the exhibit entitled “Exploring
Gateway” that will be on display for two
months. It features works from nine local
photographers celebrating the people,
nature and history of Gateway. Th ere are
pictures from the beaches of Sandy Hook,
Riis Park and Jamaica Bay.
Two of the photographers from Queens
are Lucy Cooper from Middle Village and
John Eng from Forest Hills. Cooper used
her iPhone 7 and Eng used a Sony A7 III
to capture their images for the exhibition.
Eng’s images include the birds and
many bird houses throughout Jamaica
Bay, historical planes on exhibit at Floyd
Bennett Field, and remnants of Fort
Tilden with the Verrazano Bridge towering
in the background.
“I am happy to have been able to contribute
to an exhibit which provides a
glimpse of the variety of resources and
history that are available at the Gateway
National Parks,” said Eng, who has been
taking photographs as a hobby for more
than 20 years.
For Cooper, who also has four photos
on display at the exhibit, it’s a thrilling
experience, she said.
(From l. to r.) Charles Markis, Anisha Kall, John Eng, Lucy Cooper, and Brenda Ling at the “Exploring Gateway” photography exhibit at the Jamaica Bay
Wildlife Refuge Center.
“I am an artist and a designer, so
it’s a helpful tool for me to capture
images and ideas everywhere I go,”
Cooper’s pieces include porcelain
berries at Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Refuge, paddles from a kayak outing
on Jamaica Bay, buoys at the
lifeguard station at Jacob Riis Park,
and blankets on Fort Tilden Beach.
“I love volunteering for the NPS
and it was a treat for them to off er
to exhibit our work,” Cooper
Th e photographers who
have a wide range of experience,
signed on as volunteer
photographers with the
Public Aff airs Division in
2019 as part of an eff ort to
capture the myriad of events
and activities at the three
units of Gateway (Sandy
Hook, NJ; Staten Island; and
Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn and
Th e other photographers are
Photos by Dean Moses
Long Island: Anisha Kall, Roslyn Long
New Jersey: Karen O’Donnell,
Laurence Harbor; Donald Cross, Atlantic
Highlands; Alyssa Fell, Lanoka Harbor
Staten Island: Jeff Mondlock; Stella Wu;
and Devin Ward
John Eng stands by his photographs
featured at the exhibition.
Lucy Cooper is proud to showcase her photographs
at the exhibit.