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An Eye For Photography

Art show features Plainview students

Halley Nemeth left her comfort zone and ended up with a scary-good piece of photography in a juried art show. 

 

The senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School had her piece, titled “Psychosis,” featured among other students’ work at the Huntington Arts Council’s “Nightmare on Main Street” Nov. 1. Fellow Plainview resident and high school student Mackenzie Venezia had her piece, “Heaven and Hell” featured in the show as well.

 

For her photograph, Nemeth took a friend out to a dilapidated and abandoned mansion in Plainview and set the scene for a creepy photo shoot.

 

“It reminded me of psychopathic hospital ward. I told her to look as psychotic as she possibly could and I took her photo,” Nemeth, whose friend Molly Higgins played the role of the photo’s creepy character. “I didn’t think it was that good, but I kept it anyway.”

 

About a year after she snapped the photo, the piece was picked up by the Huntington Arts Council placing Nemeth in the running a Best of Show prize.

 

“Besides eternal glory, winning $50 would be pretty cool,” she said. “But to win an art competition is one of my dreams. I picked up photography a few years ago and it would be cool if it actually went somewhere.”

 

Nemeth first developed a love for photography while watching a lot of America’s Top Model. She said fashion photography caught her eye at first and after getting into the digital realm, she fell in love with the practice.

 

As a senior in high school, Nemeth has her eyes set on college with her top choices being Tulane, Emerson and Brandeis. She is thinking about majoring in English, with a minor in photography. 

 

“It’s a dream of mine to become Annie Lebowitz,” she said, adding she has a growing interest in photo journalism, as well. “Right now I see it as being a side hobby, but if I pursue it enough maybe it will turn into something more.”

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


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