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Pinhole photography on exhibit at St. Vincent

| Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Exhibiting artist, Scott Speck, (second from right), is joined by (from left), Ann Holmes, Director of Saint Vincent Gallery, and his mother, Louise Speck and wife, Kathleen Speck, during the opening reception for “Through a Pinhole: Photography by Scott Speck” , held at the Saint Vincent Gallery at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, September 11, 2014
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Exhibiting artist, Scott Speck, (second from right), is joined by (from left), Ann Holmes, Director of Saint Vincent Gallery, and his mother, Louise Speck and wife, Kathleen Speck, during the opening reception for “Through a Pinhole: Photography by Scott Speck” , held at the Saint Vincent Gallery at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, September 11, 2014

St. Vincent College alumnus Scott Speck is a man of many skills and talents. The Baltimore resident has degrees in physics, mathematics, astrophysics and computer science and a resume that includes work on the Hubble Space Telescope project.

But when asked what is dearest to his heart, he says, “I really love photography.”

The results of that passion are on display in the St. Vin-cent Gallery at St. Vincent College in an exhibit titled, “Through a Pinhole: Photography by Scott Speck,” running through Oct. 5.

During a Sept. 11 reception in the gallery, Speck explained that he is a longtime photographer who became intrigued by the pinhole camera, a simple device without a lens, around 2006 and has been showing the results since 2008. While on campus to shoot in St. Vincent Basilica, he discussed having a show with Brother Nathan Cochran, the former gallery director who died unexpectedly July 30.

Speck expressed regret that Brother Nathan wasn't able to see the end result, which includes scenes of the basilica. A tribute to him is displayed in the gallery.

Accompanying the photographer at the reception were his wife Kathleen, also a photographer, and mother Louise, who hails from Mars, Butler County.

Welcoming guests was new gallery director Ann Holmes, with husband Henry, and St. Vincent College Dean of Studies Alice Kaylor.

Seen: Jordan Hainsey, Nicole Pleskovic, Chris Kircher, Ryan Karl, Joe Baughman, Rob and Caroline Karl, George Leiner, Renold Sossong, Richard Schulte, Bonita Wagner and Hannah Brock.

— Shirley McMarlin

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