Kirtland exhibit to be at WesBanco

The Jill Kirtland July photography exhibit may be viewed through July at WesBanco, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Jill Kirtland July photography exhibit may be viewed at WesBanco, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, through the month of July.

The exhibit is on display during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kirtland has been a photographer for 12 years, originally starting out as a concert photographer traveling around the world capturing rock stars on stage. She has photographed music artists such as Lita Ford (The Runaways), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and others.

In 2014 she published a photojournalistic book about women in metal music titled “Celebrating Women in Metal.”

“I now take more creative portraits, lifestyle photos, and street photography. I love capturing things in their natural habitats and telling stories with my photos in a unique way,” said Kirtland.

Kirtland started a lifestyle, event and commercial photography business when she moved to Little Hocking in 2015. She was named 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce. She has photographed the United Way’s Laugh United fundraiser event, Belpre Homecoming, MOV Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Leadership Conference and many other private events in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

“Starting a photography business here has helped me get to know my new community and make a lot of great connections,” said Kirtland.

Her photograph “Abandoned” (a photo of a cluttered alley in German Village in Columbus, Ohio) was part of 2018 The River juried exhibit at the Parkersburg Art Center. Kirtland is occasionally an instructor at the art center teaching “Intro to DSLR Photography.”

She is a Canon user and loves experimenting with light, composition and various lenses, including Lensbaby products, to make the photos as visually interesting as possible.

“I try my best to capture the energy from my subjects. I also love it when people wonder how the photograph was created,” she said.

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