GREENBURGH, N.Y. Joy Malone was cold. In the frigid weather of January 2009, she scouted out photography locations on Roosevelt Island with two friends as they shivered in the car for over an hour and a half. With a weather advisory playing on the radio warning people to stay indoors, Malone wore Ugg boots and two pairs of pants, and steered around the streets, determined to find the shot that she wanted.
"I feel like I communicate best visually," said the award-winning Malone.
Currently, her photography exhibit "New York at Night" is on display at the Greenburgh Town Hall, where her father, George Malone, is the cable coordinator. While Joy currently lives in New Rochelle, she calls Greenburgh a second home.
In this day and age where everybody calls themselves a photographer, Malone is thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase her work, she said. The idea to shoot New York at night came while studying for her MFA at the Academy of Art. She took a course in Photoshop and learned to composite images. While it takes a few days to finalize an image to her liking, she enjoys the "tedious" process.
"Honestly, it's kind of surreal," Malone said. "Obviously, I was hoping to have this exhibit, but to get the response that I've received is really nice. I feel completely blessed."
Her present exhibit brings back welcoming memories, as Town Hall is where Sarah Bracey White, executive director of Greenburgh's Arts and Culture Committee, gave her her first show a black and white photo exhibit in 2005.
"Sarah was completely showing me support," Malone said. "And my father is very proud of my work. It's amazing to come back to where I first started."
Malone currently teaches photography at St. John's University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in 2005.
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