Mary and Jeff Bell Library Showcases Photos in Islander Cell Phone Photography Show

Published: July 13, 2017

Mary and Jeff Bell Library Showcases Photos in Islander Cell Phone Photography Show

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – When the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi put the call out for submissions to the second annual Islander Cell Phone Photography Show, faculty, staff and students delivered. More than 50 of the best photographs debuted on July 6 at the opening reception. The show ends September 15, so Islanders still have time to visit and enjoy the photography before the fall semester gets too hectic. This show can be viewed during regular library hours.

“The exhibit is a great way to start a conversation, whether it’s between friends and family or coworkers,” said Jennifer Anderson, Marketing & User Engagement Librarian at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “When we put the call out in May, people started talking about their pictures – and sharing them, trying to decide which pictures to submit to the show.”

The reception kicked off with tasty treats, drinks and a good time had by all as people browsed through the many different photographs on display. With no two photographs the same, attendees can see photographs ranging from scenic landscapes to our furry friends.

One reoccurring photographer, Estrella, only seven-years-old, traveled from San Marcos—about a three-hour drive from Corpus Christi—to attend the reception for the second year. The photo was submitted by her grandmother, Sylvia DelBosque, an Island University doctoral student studying educational leadership. “Peace Pretty” stars young Estrella giving the peace sign at the age of six. When asked what inspired “peace out,” Estrella gave credit to her mom and dad. In the background, the viewer can see that the photograph was taken in front of her 2016 submission, which was taken at age 5. At the reception, Estrella could be spotted in a pretty white dress being photographed for possibly the next submission.

For DelBosque, it was important that her grandchildren become exposed to University life. The opportunity arose when the library put together the photography show.

“This is a really good opportunity to get my grandchildren used to this sort of environment,” said DelBosque. “Hopefully, they’re making really strong memories and have good feelings that inspire college aspirations.”

One of the newer participants was Andrea Amaya, who works at the University as an Academic Success Coach at the Center for Academic Student Achievement. After hearing about the show from another coworker, she submitted a photograph of her rescue dog near the Water Gardens.

“I enjoyed seeing the talent of fellow faculty and staff members,” said Amaya. “I think the library is doing a great job with their events and incorporating Islanders.”

For Amaya, who prefers a cell phone over a professional camera, she took this fun opportunity to show off one of the many pictures saved on her phone.

“I love that the library focused on cell phone photography,” said Amaya. “You don’t carry a professional camera with you at all times, so cell phone pictures can be unique and feel more in the moment.”

Whether Islanders are resting after summer classes or getting back in the groove for fall classes, the photography show at the library provides an opportunity for anyone to take a small break and relax.

The Islander Cell Phone Photography Show originally started as Jeff Janko’s idea in 2016. Recently retired this year, Janko formerly worked at the Library as an Information Specialist and assisted in putting together many of the library events. For more information about the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, go to or visit the Ask Us Desk located inside of the library.