On Sunday, October 13, longtime Maxwell Park resident Barbara Hartford is hosting the opening reception for her photography exhibit at Café 3016, 3016 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA from 2pm to 4pm. The cafe sits on the border of the Dimond and Laurel districts in Oakland. The exhibit itself is running through the month of October, and features portrait and landscape photography.
“My eye as a photographer is caught by two scenes – people from different backgrounds interacting across what might be barriers – and still moments when the essence of the natural world reveals itself,” said Hartford
Hartford’s images include imagery depicting wildlife interacting with an urban environment. Her close-up image of a hummingbird perched in a tiny next woven into the crook in a blue and yellow synthetic rope was taken in her very own backyard. A photo of a migrating tufted duck was taken at Lake Merritt. A series of photographs features on her blog, “Stop and Look,” is called “Stop and Look Up!” and features an array of interesting angled photography from the ground looking up to the sky point of view.
Hartford, who has lived in Maxwell Park for 44 years, is able to devote her time to her photography since retiring.
“I've recently retired from a career in international non-profit management and am happily focusing on photography and renewing my participation in my local communities - Maxwell Park, the Laurel and Oakland,” said Hartford
Café 3016 is also locally run and operated by Amber and Edwin Poon. They offer a delightful menu of snacks and sandwiches, and have recently added a new drink, the house-made fresh mint soda, to their menu. The café serves Wrecking Ball Coffee.
“Barbara truly captures the beauty of nature in her photos. The images are amazing - and have brought a great energy to the cafe,” said Amber Poon of Cafe 3016