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BAM: Photography and farming go hand in hand for Samantha Lamb

BAM by Brandy McDonnell: Hobart photographer Samantha Lamb captures pastoral images that are on view through March 1 at Visions Art Gallery in the Paseo. She also will have an installation featured in the annual “Momentum” exhibit for Oklahoma artists 30 and younger.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 17, 2012

While pursuing a degree in broadcasting at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Lamb felt the pull of the family farm in Hobart. She started taking a pair of cheap cameras — one digital and one film — out there to capture images she could take back to college.

“The more and more I showed people or posted the pictures here and there, people really enjoyed them. I never considered myself necessarily a photographer, just someone who wanted to keep something that was special to me.”

But after living for six months in Europe, where she took pictures practically nonstop, she decided to get an art degree in photography.

“I knew deep down that I also wanted to combine it with farming: my two favorite loves. That's the joy. My photography and farming are seamless. They go hand in hand,” she said.

“I call it boutique farming. I like to keep a little bit of everything, usually a head of like 10 cattle, a couple of ducks, a couple of chickens. I'm going to be getting into sheep this spring.”

She has a dairy cow that provides her with milk to make cheese, assists a local beekeeper who pays her in honey and recently slaughtered her trio of pie-fed pigs. She collects antique books, which often turn up in her photos, and selects the wood and does some of the carpentry work on her frames.

“I'm definitely a hands-on kind of person. That's the way I learn,” she said, adding that her cousin, aunt and grandmother live nearby and support her farming and photography.

Momentum Spotlight

Next month, Lamb will be in the spotlight in the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's annual exhibit “Momentum: Art Doesn't Stand Still,” a showcase for state artists ages 30 and younger. The multimedia opening event is set for 8 p.m. to midnight March 9-10 at Oklahoma Farmers Public Market.

As one of this year's three Momentum Spotlight artists, Lamb received $2,000 to create an installation titled “Girl Like an Orchid, Orchid Like a Girl.” With the help of carpenter Hugh Mead, she has crafted a massive cedar structure on which she will hang 5,000 antique handkerchiefs that will be illuminated by antique filament bulbs “so that it looks like the morning.” About 40 of her photos also will be on view there.

“Lamb creates a fantastical world where everyday is a picnic and the light always shines like dawn or sunset. Her photographs and objects become artifacts of a beautiful natural life in harmony with agriculture,” OVAC Executive Director Julia Kirt said.

“Lamb's ambitious project shows how artists leverage our awards into outstanding artwork that addresses current life.”

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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“More Bear Than Rabbit, More Rabbit Than Bear: Captures from a Pathless Meadow of a Mind”

• What: Photographs by Hobart artist Samantha Lamb.

• When: Through March 1.

• Where: Visions Art Gallery, 2924 Paseo.

• Special event: Lamb will appear in the gallery from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

• Information: 557-1229 or

“Momentum: Art Doesn't Stand Still”

• Opening event: 8 p.m. to midnight March 9-10.

• Gallery hours: 6 to 8 p.m. March 12-13.

• Where: Oklahoma Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein Ave.

• Information: 879-2400 or


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