Charlie Easter and Al Day have photo show 7.1.09

Written by David Green.

Most people associate the names Charlie Easter and Al Day with golfing, but a trip to Stair Public Library will add another dimension to the two area men: photography.

Each has been given one wall of the library annex to display their photos through August.

Morenci art teacher Kym Ries works at De-Mor Hills Course during the golf season. When she discovered the pair’s photographic skills, she convinced them to show a selection off to the public.

“They’re unknown as photographers,” Kym said, “but their photos are really impressive.”

She thinks the show might have some extra appeal to outdoors people due to the subjects the men chose to display.

Al said he’s been taking photographs since the 1950s. He captures most anything, but he favors outdoors scenes.

Al is mostly self-taught except for a course he took in the Navy and some classes with Lad Strayer at the Lenawee TECH Center.

For the past few years, he’s exhibited photos at the Hillsdale County Fair.

Al says that he’s taken several photographs to the golf course to show Charlie, but he never gets to see much in return. That changed after Charlie filled a wall at the library with his work.

It’s not that he’s secretive about his photography, Charlie said, he just doesn’t take the time to do much with them.

He remembers taking pictures when he was a child and his father built a darkroom for him when he was 12. He took some classes in high school, but then didn’t do much with a camera for a long time.

That changed in recent years. The photos he’s displaying are from as close as his back yard—a foggy morning on the golf course—to eagles feeding near Rock Island, Ill., on the Mississippi River.

The green tree frog photo is one that many people have talked about. Charlie said the frog was clinging to a green vase.

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