The Local List: a photography community

Every morning photographer Suzanne Spitaletta begins her day by photographing the sunrise from the beach in Asbury Park. She has photographed over a thousand sunrises which are documented in a visually stunning Instagram account where she is known as @Suzanne_AP. She says “Asbury Park has beauty unlike anywhere else. We have this diverse community of talented musicians and artists and we live alongside this amazing architecture on the beach”. The consistency of her morning ritual and beautiful photography have earned her a large following. It turns out that a lot of people check in every day to see the sun rise in Asbury Park.

Asbury Park: Photo by Suzanne Spitaletta

Two years ago she began volunteering at a local gallery to handle event promotion and social media. At just one of these exhibitions, a digital showcase, the work of only 6 photographers was on display and the opening reception was attended by over 300 people. Each week thereafter a group of photographers would get together at the gallery to share tips, techniques, and to learn from one another. These creatives had found each other and the community began to grow. A few months later, as happens too often in this city, the group learned that there would no longer be a space for them.

“Asbury Park has beauty unlike anywhere else. We have this diverse community of talented musicians and artists and we live alongside this amazing architecture on our beach”

Suzanne wanted to continue to connect people and help other photographers to promote themselves so she founded the Black Glass Gallery. The group is a positive and supportive community for anyone interested in photography. Skill levels range from smartphone photographers to established professionals. They’ve grown to over 120 members and they also take some sweet private tours in addition to their weekly meet ups. We spent an hour just looking over photos from a private Asbury Park Convention Hall Tour and a meet up at Flemings Junkyard (that place looks so cool! Use our links to view their gallery). It’s amazing to see how each person had a different perspective even though they shared the same subject matter. Photography from the group’s meet ups are currently on display at The Iron Room in Atlantic City and The Lentil Tree in Asbury Park.

BGG Convention Hall Tour: Photo by Audra Thomas

Suzanne continued “The next step for us is to find a home in Asbury Park where the group can exhibit their works and gather, share, and learn about photography. We already receive a lot of requests for prints and we’re ready to host workshops”. If you love taking pictures and exploring cool places with a fun and supportive group consider attending one of their meet ups, the contact info is below.

BGG Photography Meet Up: Photo by Kristian Quistgaard

Contact Black Glass Gallery on Instagram, Facebook or email: blackglassgallery@gmail.com for more info.
Photo by Kristian Quistgaard

by Elizabeth Garcia