Rhodes to display photos at downtown Parkersburg WesBanco
PARKERSBURG — The Damon Rhodes photography exhibit will be on display through November at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Rhodes took up photography as a hobby over 30 years ago. Although he has had no formal training, he credits the Parkersburg Area Photography Club with teaching him much in the past eight years.
The camaraderie and friendly competition of the people there helps to continually improve his skills, he said.
As a youth, he enjoyed looking through West Virginia magazines and seeing the beautiful pictures of Arnott Hyde Jr.
“I started with film cameras in the 1980s. A wonderful friend, Ed McMahan, guided me during those times. His kindness and patience allowed me to grow in appreciation of both nature and photography,” said Rhodes.
He put down his camera for a while as he entered the ministry, but picked back up his hobby in 2010 to discover how photography had greatly progressed.
Recently retired from the ministry at Parkersburg First United Methodist Church, he is now enjoying photography full time.
“My passion is for landscape photography,” said Rhodes, adding his favorite quote comes from an article about the great 20th century photographer Ansel Adams: “His photographs were not just a moment caught in time, but timelessness caught in a moment.”