Aug. 18, 2005
Local photographers R. L. (Dick) Bloom, Steve Hollabaugh and Brian Steinberger have included images of Adams County in their current exhibit at HACC-Gettysburg Campus. The photography exhibit runs through October 14 and is open to the community.

Dick Bloom is a lifelong resident of Adams County and a freelance photojournalist for the Hanover Evening Sun. He has a degree in marketing and advertising from HACC and credits his HACC photography instructor for giving him a "can do" attitude about working in the photo world.

"I love my work," he said. "It is exciting as well as challenging to produce images that can stir one's emotions or tell the story of an event or show the smile of a kid who has just made the touchdown for the team." He also acknowledges the challenge of dealing with intense emotional scenes at fires or car crashes, the challenge to tell the story but to also show compassion to the family or individual dealing with the incident. "I feel I live in a world of images waiting to be captured, and they are everywhere," he says.

Photographs by Bloom were accepted for annual Art of the State exhibits in 1998 and 2001, and he received an International Photography Show second place bronze medal in 2002. His photographs have been published in such diverse settings as a Civil War Re-enactor Year Book, Hanover History markers at the Weinbrenner House, the 2006 Stat Med calendar, a bluegrass CD cover, and a pet Christmas card that he describes as "an image of jolly ol' Saint Nick face-to-face with a Golden Retriever puppy" that is sold in specialty shops nationwide.

For the HACC exhibit, Bloom has chosen subjects ranging from Civil War themes to images of Benjamin Franklin and Jerry Garcia to a carnival Ferris wheel.

Steve Hollabaugh has grown up living close to trees on the Hollabaugh fruit farm in Adams County. "I've realized their amazing courage," he says, "and I believe that trees are the bravest of all life forces. Unable to move, they stand rooted against all that nature brings their way." In his admiration of them and because of their proximity, they have been a favorite photo subject since he took up a camera twelve years ago.

The time behind a camera has taught him that there is a big difference between looking and seeing. "Learning to see is an ongoing process that has been helped by studying with some of America's best nature photography professionals," he says. He also recognizes his wife, Vicky, as a "constant supporter in the whole nature photography experience in terms of the time and financial commitment required," and for her "trained eye for what makes an interesting image."

Steve Hollabaugh's images of nature have won many awards in local and regional contests. His photographs have been shown in numerous personal photo exhibitions, have been displayed in photo galleries and private collections, and have graced the covers of magazines, calendars, cards and brochures.

His exhibit at HACC is entitled, "Trees - Their Lives and Their Beauty," and includes descriptive titles such as "Fire Sky and Apple Trees," "Dogwood in the Fog," "Scarlet Oak Leaves," and "One Suncrisp Apple."

Brian Steinberger has eleven years experience as a photographer - beginning at the age of twelve. His subjects range from landscapes to architecture to the often overlooked details within nature. He shoots in all formats, from digital and 35mm to medium and large formats in both color and black and white.

Steinberger's photographs have been published in Pennsylvania Magazine and have won numerous awards in local photo contests. His photograph of "Goldenrods along Birch Run Reservoir in Michaux State Forest" was selected for the cover of the 2004/2005 Sprint telephone book.

The photographer, who is a resident of Biglerville, travels on occasion but says that he mostly enjoys photographing the beautiful Pennsylvania landscape. Michaux State Forest, which includes Caledonia and Pine Grove Furnace state parks, is "by far my favorite location to photograph," he says. "The area is abundant with natural beauty, vistas and historical structures."

Steinberger most enjoys shooting nature at its most intimate moments, and he strives to grasp natural scenes untouched and intact, in order not to harm their innate beauty. His exhibit at HACC includes "Tumbling Run," "Pole Steeple at Sunset," "Marsh Creek, Knoxlyn," and "Conococheague Creek," as well as various shots taken at Acadia National Park in Maine. More information about his photographs is available at

The photography exhibit at HACC is open to the community during HACC's regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. HACC will be closed Monday, September 5. HACC-Gettysburg Campus is located at the North Gettysburg Center, 731 Old Harrisburg Road, near Weis Markets and Adams County National Bank. For more information, call HACC-Gettysburg at 337-3855.
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