Friday, June 8, 2012

Policeman, journalist team up on photography exhibit

by Janet I. Martineau
Brian Wood, left, and Henry Reyna
A policeman and a journalist are offering the Saginawians  they often visit during stressful times an opportunity to enjoy  “Reflections of a Quiet Time.”
Brian Wood, a reporter at WNEM Channel 5, and Henry Reyna, with the City of Saginaw Police Department, are showcasing their photographic images through July 11 at the Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust.
Although the images and locations may be familiar, Reyna and  Wood seek to present their works in new and striking ways. Both men draw from their imagination and a strong sense of emotion to shoot and create a photographic work that will evoke an emotional response from those viewing their first joint exhibition.
Says Reyna, “Our exciting daytime careers transition to quiet evenings developing art. Our friendship has grown as we discovered that along with exciting daytime careers, we shared a love for photography. Brian has encouraged me and I’ve encouraged him to explore our desire to produce incredible photography and push our abilities.” 
Wood is a native of Detroit, and receive a degree in communications from Wayne State University. He worked at a Midland/Odessatelevision station  in Texas before returning to Michigan to take a position at WNEM.
His works in the exhibition capture Michigan’s natural beauty in the spring, summer and fall, or tell a story of its people and places. When he is not working or shooting, Wood enjoys spending time with his family,  especially his nieces and nephew.
Reyna has been a police officer for 27 years and lives in Midland with wife, Lori.  He recently took up photography as a hobby and found a love for the camera that has turned into a passion. 
“Selecting just the right places and moments to take a photograph that conveys an emotional response is far more difficult that it appears,” says Reyna, “It takes vision, along with the tenacity of a hunter, to capture a great photograph.” 
Creativity runs in the Reyna family. Henry’s oldest son is studying music in Oregon and his youngest photography in Chicago. 
Exhibit hours are 9 a,. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

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