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Local photographer's works on exhibit

Ben Jacobi has an eye for interesting things — whether they be beautiful, defining, or sometimes even spectacular and frightening.

The 2007 IPHS graduate has had a long-running passion for photography.

Currently, an exhibit of his work is being shown in the “What’s Up Downstairs?” gallery at the Kemp Center for the Arts in Wichita Falls through Jan. 28.

Jacobi has a total of 20 photos on exhibit, including some photographed in Iowa Park (“American Avocet” (Gordon Lake), “Energy”, “Hay Day”, and “Rainbow”). “Sandhills in the Sunset” was captured in Electra.

“I have a huge passion for photography,” said the 22-year-old, currently working as sales manager at Metro Photo in Wichita Falls. “There is nothing I love more than taking my camera to shoot some of the amazing Texas landscape and wildlife in our area.”

Jacobi claims “storms and severe weather” as his second passion.

“I spend several months out of the year on the road in hopes of intercepting an amazing supercell thunderstorm. It is my calling and passion, and I will keep chasing after the skies.”

The tall, slender Jacobi learned much of photography during his high school days, shooting for yearbook. After graduation, he invested even more time and effort into the field. “Iowa Park has been a very good place for me to develop and grow in my photography,” he noted. “I can remember heading down to Gordon Lake to shoot some of the local wildlife, or getting up early to watch the sun rise over Middle Lake. Iowa Park has provided me with all types of photographic opportunities including wildlife, landscape, macro, and, of course, storms.”

In addition to working at Metro Photo, Jacobi is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Texas Photographic Society (TPS), Red River Photography Club, and Kemp Center for the Arts.

Jacobi has contibuted works to the Wichita Falls Literature and Art Review, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, and Nature Photographer Magazine.

The Kemp Center for the Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jacobi’s prints are available for purchase.