Schroon artist publishes book

SCHROON LAKE - Jessica Bowen wants to share her obsession with everyone.

The Schroon Lake photographer/artist has just released her first book, Things I Can Not Recall.

The book is a collection of photos by Bowen, a 2006 graduate of Schroon Lake Central School.

"I've always loved the arts," Bowen explained. "I'm OK at drawing and painting, but nothing special. I wanted a career in art and my uncle suggested photography. He thought I had an eye for it."

Apparently so.

After graduating from Schroon Lake, Bowen attended Word of Life Bible Institute, took several college art classes and then enrolled at Adirondack Community College. She earned her associates degree in commercial and media arts in December.

While at ACC her work was selected for several students shows, including a national exhibit at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Bowen plans on taking a semester off to work at a children's camp and orphanage in Panama before seeking her bachelor's degree. She plans to study commercial, advertising and fashion photography.

"I want to play around with all of them," she explained. "I don't want to specialize; at least not yet."

Bowen has committed herself to photography.

"I'm obsessed," she said. "You won't see me without a camera; I take it everywhere. I love to experiment, to play around with textures and colors. It's a lot of fun. Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies."

One of her favorite pastimes is searching out interesting photos.

"I love to put props and people in the car and just drive around looking for neat things," Bowen said. "I stop and take pictures."

Some of those photos are in the new book, which she worked on during the last year.

"It (a book) just seemed like a really good way of showing my work," Bowen said. "I'm really pleased with the way it turned out."

Bowen also enjoys wedding photography.

"I really enjoy weddings," she said. "They're important and lots of fun. Everyone is so happy at a wedding."

Things I Can Not Recall is available online at Bowen's personal website, www.jessicabowen.smugmug.com and at www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/972018

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