Photo exhibit emphasizes Caribbean color palette

Published on Saturday, 3 June 2017 21:44


PLAINVILLE - Local photographer Wendell Copeland has a new exhibit at the Plainville Senior Center through June titled “Caribbean Colors.”

The display at the senior center at 200 East St. was compiled from photographs that Copeland took while on a trip this March. It includes Aruba, New Orleans, the Cayman Islands and a sunset and sunrise on the Mississippi River. One photo features a dancer on a beach mid-jump while another captures a natural land bridge. Most of the photos were taken with a Canon PowerShot camera and some were taken from the decks of cruise ships.

Copeland said that he has been doing photography since 1950 and has had his works previously displayed at the library.

“In 1950 I was in the army as a machine gunner with the heavy weapons division,” he said. “We were sent to Germany and during our off-time we had access to a darkroom so I really started getting into it.”

These days, Copeland said he takes a camera with him everywhere he goes. When setting up the perfect picture, he likes to imagine a scene before he tries to capture it.

“It’s like if I was going to draw it or paint it,” he said. “I want to be able to clearly visualize it.”

Copeland said that thanks to the AARP and the senior center, he has been able to go on many trips. These have provided him with many beautiful scenes to capture.

“I have taken trips to Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Germany and Canada,” he said. “I have also taken photos out on whale watches. These two organizations sponsor a lot of trips which are very cost-effective. How many chances will you get to see a beautiful, natural land bridge? I think it’s great to get out there.”

Copeland said that lots of people have stopped by to admire and compliment his work.

“Come and enjoy them,” he said. “I hope you do.”

Those interested in putting their works on display at the Plainville Senior Center can make a reservation at the front desk.

For more information, call the Plainville Senior Center at 860-747-5728.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol on Saturday, 3 June 2017 21:44. Updated: Saturday, 3 June 2017 21:46.