‘Southwest Adventure’ — the photos of T.J. Reynolds

“Southwest Adventure” photographs by T.J. Reynolds, opens Friday, March 27, at 5-7 p.m. at Pagosa Photography Studio and Gallery, 480 San Juan St. in historic downtown Pagosa Springs. The exhibit continues to May 1.

Welcome the opportunities that are revealed in life changes. Youth and new experiences with a Baby Brownie 126 camera gave T.J. Reynolds the seed of interest in photography that has never gone away. The equipment has certainly changed over the years, but the photographic adventure has stayed close to T.J.’s heart.

A long, 25-plus-year career of mechanical engineering with Chevron Refining occupied most of his time. There were some photographs of celebrations, holidays, wife Paula and kids, however, his camera was not used much. But T.J. continued an appreciation for the photograph and he would “see” pictures in his mind, especially in techniques of construction and engineering.

Retirement in 1997 would open a new door for T.J. and wife, Paula, to worldwide travel and the opportunity to use the camera more. Paula, wife of 21 years, constant companion and T.J.’s best critic, continues to patiently encourage T.J. to make pictures. With more experiences and better equipment, the pictures improved and T.J. enjoyed the results.

Fast forward to 2004: T.J. and Paula moved to this beautiful place and Pagosa Springs was now home. A photographic paradise, with the opportunity to see photo possibilities every day. Many day trips and short tours in and around Pagosa Country gave T.J. the inspiration to photograph the awesome beauty of nature. His membership in the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Photo Club has also been inspiring. He and Paula enjoy the Four Corners and the southwest and are amazed at the opportunities revealed.

The encouragement of winning photographic competitions at the Archuleta County Fair, the Pagosa Springs Arts County photo show, Bloomfield, New Mexico, Salmon Ruins Museum contest and other competitors has driven T.J. to do more.

Pagosa Photography will host a show for the photographs of T.J. Reynolds. His show “Southwest Adventure” will reveal the journeys T.J. has made more recently, including Indian ruins, wildlife, night photography, waterfalls, White Sands, N.M., Utah deserts, Yosemite National Park and, of course, Pagosa Springs.

Opening night is Friday, March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will run until May 1. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Jeff Laydon, 264-3686.

T.J. Reynolds