Local photographer displays work at library
By Melanie Tucker | (email@example.com)
A native of New York who for years called East Tennessee her second home, is a permanent Blount County resident now and sharing her love of photography.
Sabrina Lepkofker grew up in New York City, but her mother was from East Tennessee so summers were always spent here visiting grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Then when she graduated from high school, Lepkofker chose to attend Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City. That’s where she learned the art of black and white photography and began to shape a hobby that remains with her to this day.
Her work includes portrait work and nature, especially animals and flowers. She currently has some of her best work on display at the Blount County Library, through the end of April.
Lepkofker earned a degree in psychology from Carson-Newman and has earned her living in that profession, but photography has a hold on her as well. “It’s something that I love,” she said. “I’ve always done it. It’s very relaxing.”
As a trained portrait artist, Lepkofker has spent a lot of her time capturing the emotions of her subjects. A people-oriented person, she said most of them feel comfortable around her, allowing her to preserve special moments in time. Lepkofker started out trained with SLR cameras but now loves working in the digital medium.
After earning her bachelor’s degree at Carson-Newman, Lepkofker furthered her education at El Colegio de Covarrubias in Madrid, Spain through East Tennessee State University. She then obtained her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
She’s rarely without her camera. “That’s because you never know when that moment will come when you can capture that scene or people or animals,” Lepkofker explained.
She hopes that when visitors to the library view her work, they get the same sense of awe that she did when she first snapped the photo. “I want my work to move people,” she said. “To see the passion in my work. If I do that, I have done my job.”
Those who do visit her exhibit at the library can place themselves in a drawing for a free matted print of their choice from this exhibit. Lepkofker just asks that those who are interested email her at (SabrinasDigitalPhotography@gmail.com) Leave a phone number and description of your favorite photograph.
Lepkofker has family in this area and knew it well before coming to live here permanently.
“The kids in New York would brag about going to camp whenever school was out,” she recalled. “We never had the money to do that. My camp was East Tennessee. I think I had the better of that.”