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Galapagos Islands photos on exhibit in Hayward

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HAYWARD — Photographer Tom Debley is showing some of his work shot in the Galapagos Islands at an exhibit at the shoreline interpretive center.

The exhibit, “In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin,” runs through Oct. 5 at the center, 4901 Breakwater Ave. An artist’s reception is 1-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 510- 670-7270.

Below is a press release from the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District:

Ever since Charles Darwin first described life in the Galápagos Islands for the world in 1839, they’ve remained an enchanted place. The artist, in this show of photographs of the diverse life and volcanic scenery of the Galápagos archipelago, seeks to capture the spirit of Darwin’s observation that “no one can stand in these solitudes unmoved.”  Enjoy images ranging from those of a Blue-Footed Booby to the Galápagos hawk to the Galápagos giant tortoise. The artist pursues the philosophy of the late Dorothea Lange that “the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Tom Debley first studied photography at California State University, Los Angeles as an undergraduate journalism major.

Over the years as a reporter and editor, including a stint at the Hayward Daily Review, he frequently shot news photographs, winning a California Newspaper Publishers Association statewide award for spot news photography.

Later, as an award-winning public affairs officer at the University of California and Kaiser Permanente, he often oversaw photography for news releases, web sites and publications.

Debley returned to his avocation of photography a decade ago, planning to become an artist in his retirement in 2011.

He has attended many workshops with nationally recognized photographers and taken part in numerous photography competitions.

His work has received honors from the Alameda Photographic Society, Northern California Council of Camera Clubs, Marin County Fair, Photographic Society of America, Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Friends of the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge and the Road Scholar Travel Program.

Debley’s work has been published by newspapers, magazines and websites, and shown at the Commonwealth Club of California and the University of Maine Museum of Art, among other venues.

Debley lives in Oakland. He is a past president of both the Alameda Photographic Society and the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs.

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