I met Les in the fall of 2006, when I later Joined the PVPA. For 14 years Les became my mentor and friend. He thought me the fine art of framing and making custom matboards for our images. In May 2015 he shared with me his techniques on how to capture beautiful images of hummingbirds in mid-flight from his Living room window a memory I will always cherish. We shared many great summers at his Belchertown home talking about photography and places to visit. Les inspired many of us to share the love of nature with others through photography, paying it forward to inspire future young generations to follow their passion to create images they can share with the world.
Les Campbell will truly be missed, but his legacy continues to grow though the club that he created and brought us closer together as we became a family of talented in individuals who share the same dedication and passion for photography so we may keep his dream alive for years to come in The Pioneer Valley of Western MA. Rest in peace my dear friend, we will never forget you, and what you did for our community. Thank you.
Pioneer Valley Photographic Artist member and web site manager
Luis A. Rodriguez
Quabbin View from New Salem MA
Luis A. Rodriguez
Funny story about this image, I always admired Les work images of Quabbin, they were always unique and special. One day I was out with a friend and we stumbled upon a beautiful sight of Quabbin I have never seen before from New Salem. I tried to capture the entire view of the water but was not getting the results I was looking for. Disappointed I started walking back to my car, I then stopped mid-way from the shore view and took one last look before I left the area, and there it was it all its majestic view, in between the tree line the look I was searching for. I took this one picture and showed it to Les weeks later. He was so proud of me and amazed at the image I was able to capture he said to me, you know you should enter it in the New England Camera Club image completion. A few months later I found out from Les that the image had won first place in its print competition. I was very surprised and humbled by the experience.
Every time I look at this image it reminds me of Les and his words of encouragement. The same image has been on display at the Hampden Court house judge chambers, it was gifted to a PVPA member through one of our annual print exchanges a year later and is still there to this date.