Comegys: Five Decades of Photography
For nearly 50 years News Journal photographer Fred Comegys has reflected local life through distinctive images. Take a peek at Delaware Art Museum's exhibition of his work.
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Lenape Park, 1971. “It was a great little amusement park up in Pennsylvania, right over the line. Of course, now it’s not there anymore. It had an old wooden roller coaster that would come down, go around and come back. I asked if I could climb up the big hill to get a photo. Just the fact they let me go where nobody else had ever been is really cool. They would never let you do that nowadays. It’s a view that nobody else will ever have—and nobody else did. That’s why I like it.”
Comegys was shooting a feature story at the John G. Leach School, which serves students with physical disabilities. He had already gotten the shots he had come for, but decided to follow a physical therapist who was taking a class to the pool program. “This guy’s been there for like 10 years. The little girl was in a wheelchair and he took her out and walked into the pool. She just kind of relaxed and fell asleep in his arms. He said she does this all the time. I thought that was so cool. It’s the weightlessness to her. There’s a calming effect to her to be in that pool with him. Everybody who saw that picture loved it. It just had a nice feel to it.”
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