Written by Steve Mosco Saturday, 09 November 2013 00:00
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.”
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
The Columbus Day Parade played host a to a very special group this year. The Family Residences and Essential Enterprises’ (FREE) Players Drum Corps made history as they became the first special needs drum corps to march in the New York City Columbus Day Parade.
The group marched up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street with a red carpet performance on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.
Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.