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Vienna Photographer’s Exhibit Shows Wildlife of Africa

Photo exhibit on display in Reston until Nov. 30.

On Nov. 14 there was an evening reception at the Reston Center 1 for photographer Patricia Deege’s exhibit "Africa The Living Wild." This exhibit shows photographs taken by Deege during a trip to southern Africa in May 2013. "My serious photographic journey began in 1995 with a seminar in which the pure ‘poetry’ of the work exhibited inspired me to learn more about the mysteries of the camera and the fascinating art of creating images that ‘speak’ to the heart," said Deege.

The exhibit is sponsored by the League of Reston Artists. A resident of Vienna, Deege has been active with several photo clubs, including the League of Reston Artists, Northern Virginia Photographic Society, and the Vienna Arts Society. Deege’s photo "Pushing Contest," which depicts some baby elephants, won two awards at the 2013 Nature Visions Photography expo, including the "Best in Show" award, and "Best of Category Wildlife Other than Birds".

"Patricia is a phenomenal photographer," said Mary Jane Fish, a resident of Vienna and member of the Vienna Photographic Society. "This exhibit shows if you go to the right places you get amazing photos…Patricia is a great mentor for the club and takes great photos."

The images in the exhibit were shot with a Nikon DSLR camera in different countries of Southern Africa. This included national parks and wildlife reserves in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Traveling in open vehicles, animals were often encountered in close-up situations and provided opportunities to capture their grace and grandeur. "The images represent just a small example of the wonders that these countries have to offer," Deege said. Her photos at the exhibit are available for purchase.

"I think it is a wonderful exhibit, many of the pictures bring the subjects to life," said Lou Coglianese, resident of Fairfax and member of the Vienna Photographic Society. "They are beautiful pictures, I always enjoy going out to see her exhibit," said Deege’s son Bryan Deege, resident of Oakton. The exhibit will be on display at the lobby of 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive until Nov. 30 and is open to the public.

To learn more about the League of Reston Artists, visit http://www.leagueofrestonartists.org