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Through his lens
Local's photos featured in new exhibit

SUWANEE - Combining two of his hobbies - photography and travel - Frank Sharp has brought the sights of China to the George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center.

Sharp traveled to China in June 2005 with his wife, Pearl. That 12-day trip produced more than 1,000 photos, 42 of which are now on display in an exhibit titled "China through the Lens."

"Most trips I make about 1,500 photographs," said Sharp, 67, a retired computer program analyst and Gwinnett resident.

The exhibit includes photos taken in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore - construction at the Olympic Stadium, tourists climbing the Great Wall of China, the Li River, numerous photos of the Forbidden City, which was home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, city skylines and more.

"As you can see, (China is) extremely scenic," said Sharp, as he described his photos.

Sharp said he and his wife travel two to three times a year, and their next trip is a Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona, Spain, where he will certainly continue to capture parts of the world through his camera lens.

"China through the Lens" is a free exhibit open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

SideBar: If You Go

What: "China through the Lens," a photography exhibit by Gwinnett resident Frank Sharp

When: Through Oct. 5; exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays

Where: George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee

More information: Call 770-831-4173 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com