pictures from presidential inauguration
to display Shecklers
photos through March 11
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(March 2009) John Sheckler attended President
Barack OBamas inauguration in Washington, D.C., and plans
to share them in an exhibit that runs through March 11 at joeygs
Restaurant and Nightclub, 218 E. Main St.
crowds were enormous during
the January inauguration ceremony
of President Barak Obama in
Washington D.C. This photo is part
of John Sheckler's exhibit.
Id never been in a crowd that size where people
werent angry. Everybody was pleasant, John Sheckler, 62
of Lexington, Ind.
While most people were watching the historic celebrations on television,
Sheckler braved the massive crowds covering Washington. Heres
the real measure of the success of that close to 2 million
people and not a single arrest.
He has titled his exhibit Witness to History: Photographs by John
F. Sheckler. The display includes 20 pictures from the inauguration,
and is bookended by shots Sheckler took as a young man of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. and the Dali Lama.
On March 18, meanwhile, the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum
will feature Sheckler as the guest speaker of its monthly brown bag
luncheon. The museum is located at 1050 S. Main St. in Scottsburg. Members
of the public are invited to bring a lunch and enjoy a talk by this
fascinating and energetic speaker. Drinks and deserts will be provided.
Museum director Jeremy Risen notes that one of the museum volunteers
had learned that John to the inauguration and had taken pictures.
Sheckler was then invited to speak about his experiences as part of
the museums Brown Bag Lunch program. The third Wednesday of each
month between September and May the museum plays host to local speakers
to present on a variety of topics of community interest.
Patty Cooper Wells, a Madison-based artist, curates the art wall at
joeygs. She learned of her friends trip and knew that his
work would make for a perfect display.
I knew he would inevitably capture some interesting photographs
at this historic event and I thought that it would make for an interesting
exhibit that other folks in Madison might appreciate.
John Scheckler poses
on The Mall during his
trip to Washington, D.C..
She describes Sheckler as a very honest and down-to-earth
person. He cant help but to bring that into his photographs. He
is interested in people and telling their stories. He also has the talent
that is essential to being a good photojournalist, capturing the essential
moment that tells that story.
Sheckler was uniquely qualified to capture the historical significance
of the inauguration of the 44th president. While only an eight-grader,
Sheckler attended the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy with
his grandfather. Later as a photojournalist, he would shoot pictures
of four other U.S. presidents; his first day as a full-time news person
included taking a picture of Ronald Reagan. I selected journalism
because I knew it would let me do things I would not otherwise be able
Before heading to Washington, Sheckler researched the exact spot where
Martin Luther King Jr. stood to deliver his famous I Have a Dream
Speech. The research paid off when Sheckler was able to capture
one of his favorite pictures from the inauguration a shot
of the crowd in front of the Washington Monument taken on the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial in Kings very footprints. I was
very proud I could get in position for that specific photo.
For information about the exhibit, call
joeyg's Restaurant and Nightclub at (812) 273-8862.
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