If My Camera Could Talk


Sandy Brecker

As a member of the Cookeville Camera Club, I joined because I wanted to bond with like-minded people who have a passion for photography and to experience new and creative ways of the “what” and “how” to photograph.

My passion was ignited at a young age by my father who loved to photograph. He served during the Korean War and spent most of his time stationed in Japan. He took stunning black-and-white photos of Geisha’s and temples. I still have his pictures and his original camera.

Photographing pets, wild animals, and landscapes is my passion.  Pets are especially joyful to photograph because they have naturally expressive faces. To capture the best photographs, I get on the ground to be at their eye level. Using a zoom lens helps avoid being a distraction to them, allowing me to capture the best shot while they remain focused on what caught their eye.

I love to travel, and our dogs always come with us on all our adventures. Being outdoors and hiking to beautiful locations is cathartic. It cleanses my soul to be in nature and to capture the beauty that surrounds me. I always have my digital camera with me and carry a zoom lens. I try to capture everything from a majestic mountain to a field of wildflowers or a marmot poking its head out of the burrowed ground.

Photography allows me to express my creativity and share my experiences with others. Additionally, it enables me to revisit cherished memories of a beloved pet that is no longer with me or a beautiful place I may not be able to visit again. I can reminisce about the wondrous places I have been to lift my spirits and heal my heart. The future is unknown, but the past is captured to remind me of the blessings I have received.

Join us at our monthly club meetings, 7:00pm on the 2nd Mondays of the month, at the Cookeville Art Studio and Gallery, located at 186 S Walnut Ave Suite A, Cookeville, TN 38501.  Enjoy a sense of camaraderie among like-minded people. Check out our schedule on the website https://www.cookevillecameraclub.com/.