‘The Natural Wonders of Costa Rica’ to open Saturday at The Gallery

“Plantain Bloom”

“Evening at Jaco Beach, Central Pacific”

“Family compound, Tortuguero”

“Heliconia psittacorum”


Next Saturday evening, the Crowley Art Association will welcome Lafayette photographer Joe Pons, whose eye for nature and landscape photography is born of sheer passion for his subject matter.

Pons’ show, “The Natural Wonders of Costa Rica,” will kick off with a gala event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at The Gallery. The event is free and the public is invited.

Pons, 72, photographs animals and wildflowers in their natural habitats and considers himself to be a location photographer, rather than a studio photographer.

Professional photography is Pons’ “second” career. Born in New Orleans, he attended and graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana before going to work for Ford Motor Co. as a field service engineer and technical manager in its Service and Customer Relations division. During that time, he obtained his master’s degree and began pursuit of a doctorate. He ultimately wound up in academia as a professor of industrial technology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, retiring in 1999.

Pons, who is now free to pursue his photographic interests full time, and whose goal is to capture the “essence and mood” of his natural subjects, began with black and white photography in the mid-1950s and color transparency film in the mid-1960s. Over the years, he mastered 35 mm, medium format and 5x7 large format field cameras. Since 2008 he has been a 100 percent digital photographer. 

His work has been displayed in numerous galleries in the Acadiana area and New Orleans, and it has even traveled as far west as Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in Washington’s Olympic National Park and as far east as the Apple Valley Gallery in Gatlinburg, Tenn. It has also appeared in “Weekend Escapes,” “The Louisiana Review” and “The History Channel Magazine.”

Pons’ Gallery show will feature over 30 pieces and will showcase five of Costa Rica’s seven provinces – San José (Central Valley), Alajeula (Central Highlands), Guanacaste (North Pacific), Puntarenas (Central Pacific) and Limón (Caribbean). It will hang throughout the month of March.

The Gallery is located at 222 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley. For more information call 783-3747 or visit www.crowleyartgallery.com.

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