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Photos for a purpose

Sales from latest exhibit at Daily Grind to benefit Prairie Home Hospice

April 9, 2011
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Chad Kerr of Marshall found himself a new hobby he enjoys, photography.

And he's using that new-found hobby to help out a cause he believes in.

Kerr's photography will be on display through the month of April at the Daily Grind in Marshall.

During the exhibit, Kerr will have several of his photos for sale. Part of the proceeds will go toward the Prairie Home Hospice.

Kerr said his exhibit at the Daily Grind is a random mix of photography.

"Some are people, some are nature, animals, manmade stuff," Kerr said.

The collection at the Daily Grind doesn't necessarily follow a theme, Kerr, said, as he put together a collage of various photos. Some are even photos of the Daily Grind itself - the big mocha cups or a peppermint mocha that is topped with crushed-up candy canes.

Kerr is friends with local photographer Bill Van der Hagen and he said about a year and a half ago, he started taking photos of his own. But he didn't have his own camera.

"I was always using his camera," Kerr said.

Van der Hagen has always been one of Kerr's influences in taking photos. Kerr said that Jon Wood, another photographer from Marshall, has also given him pointers.

"He'll give me some ideas, tell me how to improve photos," Kerr said.

Some of the advice Kerr has gotten from Van der Hagen and Wood is to "get to know your camera, aim and shoot, if you don't like it, aim and shoot some more."

"I'll probably take 20 photos of the same object," Kerr said. He said he'll take photos from different angles until he gets the one that he likes the best. For example, for a photo of a squirrel he put in the exhibit, he took 30 different shots while the animal was moving around. There were only three he really liked.

Kerr said he mainly likes taking candid photos of people.

"That's a lot tougher, because you have one or two chances," Kerr said. He learned that when he did a photo project involving Southwest School of Dance students during a recital. "That's the fun part, trying to get that one shot."

And during those recitals, you can't use a flash, Kerr said, which adds to the challenge.

"You're fixing your eyes so everything works out," Kerr said.

Kerr said all his shots in the exhibit are raw shots, not digitally enhanced.

"It's part old and new school when it comes to digital camera," Kerr said.

Kerr said he's always open to new project ideas for photography.

"if someone has an idea, I'll be glad to work with them, see if I can help out," Kerr said.

Kerr said he decided to donate part of his photo sales to Hospice because it's an important organization.

"I feel this is a good charity to donate to," Kerr said. "I don't mind donating to a charity I agree with."



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