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Lightening in a Camera: The Photography of Jerry Connally

May 6, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

man taking a photo at the beach in port arthur texas

Opening Reception: May 6 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The Museum of the Gulf Coast begins its next exhibit with an opening reception for Lightning in a Camera: The Photography of Jerry Connally in the Dunn Gallery on Saturday, May 6th, from 6:30p – 8:00p. Wine and refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.

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Opening Exhibit at the Museum of the Gulf Coast

Jerry Connally’s photographs have been recognized repeatedly in area contests and include Best in Show Awards in the Nederland Heritage Festival, Ice House Museum, and Riverfest photography contests – along with a first place in the 2022 Nederland Heritage Festival and a People’s Choice Award Beaumont Camera Club 2023.

sunset photo of a bird and water
Photo by Jerry Connally

Connally knows exactly how long he has been snapping photos. He bought a simple point-and-shoot camera when his granddaughter was born 12 years ago. He estimates that he has taken hundreds of images of her.

Jerry’s journey to becoming an award-winning photographer was a surprise even to him. His service station technician vocation requires him to drive hundreds of miles across nearly every road in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. As he began taking more pictures of the outdoor scenery he saw on his daily drive home, Jerry realized he needed a better camera. That led to the purchase of an Olympus E-M1 Mark III, and “taking the long way home,” became more of a daily occurrence.

After he joined a local camera club and read a book called Zen Photography, his path was set. What followed was the unleashing of a gift that was probably there all along. Connally’s photos capture the spectacular natural imagery of our region and are a reminder of how fortunate we are to be a part of it.

The exhibit includes images of birds, flowers, insects, and a rarely-seen white rainbow. Jerry is perhaps best known for his photography of lightning storms and advises, “You want to see the storm moving to the left or right, or moving away, but never toward you.”

black and white photo of the pleasure island bridge and clouds in port arthur texas
Photo by Jerry Connally

Curator Robert Fong says, “Jerry always brings something extra to his images. His photograph of the MLK Bridge as Hurricane Harvey was approaching is my favorite of the bridge. He has taken so many great photos that it was difficult to narrow the exhibit down to the ones we have chosen.”

Jerry states that taking a large number of photographs was important to his development as a photographer. “Sometimes I would get up at three in the morning and go take some pictures, or if there was a meteor shower, I might stay up all night.”

Oh, and the point-and-shoot camera Jerry started with . . . his granddaughter Kylie has it now, and she is well on her way to following in her grandfather’s footsteps.

The exhibit Lightning in a Camera: The Photography of Jerry Connally will be on display from May 6th to July 29th in the Dunn Gallery at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur. Opening reception sponsored by the Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Article In the Port Arthur News


May 6, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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