A trip to the zoo and a 110 camera developed into a lifelong love of photography for Syd Padgett.
“My parents gave me money for food, and I used it to buy more rolls of film,” said Padgett, the owner of OddFellows, an art gallery and framing shop, which recently moved from Eighth Street to 1036 Broad St.
Padgett, who studied photography at Savannah College of Art and Design, is the incoming president of Artists’ Row and served on the Augusta Photography Festival steering committee. He also oversees the TBD Photography Group on first Thursdays.
Some of Padgett’s work is mixed in with pieces created by other artists and hanging at OddFellows. A close-up of the debris-covered piano keyboard from the Miller Theater is among his current favorites, but Padgett also creates altered, composite images and is working on a technique to transfer photos to wood using acrylic gel.
“I like black and white photography. I do photo manipulations almost like a painter creates on a canvas,” he said.
Padgett said he’s been inspired by the work of Ansel Adams and Jerry Uelsmann, a retired University of Florida professor and author, whose images have been displayed in museums around the world.
See more of Padgett’s work on the OddFellows Art Gallery page on Facebook.