Published: March 7, 2013
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She sees it. She snaps it. She saves it.
For Sharon Burke, the featured artist for the March Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk, photography represents life as it happens.
"I take pictures of every day things and a lot of local scenery and bring my perspective to it," she said. "I always have my camera with me and stop several times in between where I left and where I am headed to take pictures of things that catch my eye."
Burke's day job is as the executive director for Institutional Advancement at Keystone College in LaPlume and owns the Endless Mountains Daylily Farm in Newton, Twp., with her husband. She counts her passion for photography as her number one form of stress relief; explaining that this love was born in a downtown Scranton darkroom.
"My father, Phillips Butler, was the photo editor at the Scranton Times for many years," she said. "I used to occasionally visit him at work and he would take me into the dark room to show me the magic of photography. It was amazing to see the image appear through the chemicals."
While Burke counts her father's method of teaching by example one of her major influences, she also admits that she draws more inspiration from the natural world than from any specific artist.
"I stop and explore abandoned buildings, forgotten trails, trickling waterfalls, train tracks, graffiti-covered buildings, frosty fields, old architecture, graveyards and just about anything along the way," she said. "We live in a beautiful area and nature offers a limitless canvas."
Burke will exhibit at Duffy's Coffee House, 312 S. State St. Although she has exhibited her work throughout the region, she feels that Facebook is her own personal art gallery.
"I post pictures on my personal page as well as our Endless Mountains Day Lily Farm Facebook page at least four times a week and have developed a bit of a following," she said. "I run into people just about every day who tell me how much they enjoy seeing the photos and this inspires me to keep posting. It makes me happy that something I enjoy brings a moment or two of enjoyment to others."
Burke also doesn't need fancy equipment to practice her craft as she uses a pocket-sized Canon camera to take the majority of her photos.
"To me, photography is all about the ability to see the image versus fancy equipment or technical skill to capture it," she said. "I once heard a great line that always makes me smile when someone inquires about my camera of choice - telling a photographer that they must have a great camera because they take great photos is like telling a great cook that they must have a great stove."
For more information about Sharon Burke or to order photographic reprints or cards, visit www.facebook.com/EndlessMountainsDaylilyFarm.