The December First Friday Art Show will feature photographer Malorie Weiss. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the IDEA Place, 408 N. Main St. in Rocky Ford.

The December First Friday Art Show will feature photographer Malorie Weiss. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the IDEA Place, 408 N. Main St. in Rocky Ford.

Weiss is currently finishing up her senior year at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is enrolled in some classes that have helped her dip her toes into the science of photography, and she is excited to learn more about it.

Weiss says the following about her interest in photography:

“When I was younger I remember my mom pulling out old photo albums and we would sit on the floor and she would tell me stories of the people in the photos; people I had never met, people that I still know today, and some that I will meet someday. This is why I got into photography. Had it not been for photos I would have never been able to see my grandfather in his military uniform, or better yet, I would have never been able to see what he looked like. I think of photography as capturing memories before they slip away; moments in time that people can reflect on many years later.

“I don’t really have a moment in my life that I took up photography, I have just kind of played around with it, and still do to this day. I can remember my dad had an old film camera, I can’t tell you anything more than that. He would buy me rolls of film and told me to go have fun, but put the strap around your neck. I probably took hundreds of photos on that old thing, and I bet most of them were terrible, but it gave me a feel for what a camera would do. I really do owe everything to my parents, they noticed that I had an eye for photography when I was in middle school. They bought me my first ever SLR camera my freshman year of high school. From then on, I’ve had a camera with me where ever I go. I took photos for our school yearbooks, and I will always be able to look back on those RFHS yearbooks and see my work. I branched out and started taking portraits, landscapes, etc.

"Memories, that’s why I do it. Memories that are lost, memories that are found, and memories that will last a lifetime. I hope to someday have someone tell me, 'Because of you, I know who my grandfather was' or 'Because of your photos I was able to hear stories about my long lost relatives.'”