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Zandra Chestnut

Board Member

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Catching nature in its finest is the goal of photographer Zandra Chestnut. Taking advantage of the local parks and neighborhoods in her hometown of Washington, DC, Zandra looks for the "close up" views, and with timing and luck, captures the best of nature. This lotus blossom, titled "Urban Lotus" and hundreds more are in full bloom in July and August, along with acres of lily pads and aquatic plants courtesy of the National Park Service Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The gardens are walking distance from her Hillbrook Community. "Mer-Max Park" captures the falling waters of the spectacular fountains at Meridian-Hill/Malcolm X Park in downtown Washington, DC at 16th and W Streets, NW.

"My photographic eye was developed early in my teens and put on the shelf during my years as a working wife/mother with children. Advancements in the digital camera world make it more affordable and simpler to capture what my creative eye sees. Now, in retirement, I utilize a Nikon D40X DSLR with interchangeable zoom lenses and enjoy the affordability, ease and simplicity of using the computer to enhance and highlight my work. I take my cameras with me on trips, whether business or pleasure. My best photo opportunities come from within the many communities of Ward 7, the greenest ward in Washington, DC."

Serving as a board member of the visionary Ward 7 Arts Collaborative, an organization with the mission of fostering awareness of, support for, and participation in the arts among community residents and visitors of all ages and to preserve and enhance the local community's cultural and entertainment heritage, Zandra is connecting her love for photography with her involvement in her community.