Ken Deveney – Seventh of Thirty-three
When I announced at my photo club meeting that I was looking for images for an upcoming book on Ashland, Oregon, I worried that no one would ever contact me. What if I couldn’t get the community to contribute to a book about this wonderful community? I needn’t have worried! Ken Deveney was the first person to send me an image, that very evening. Not just one image, but dozens! Each image was better than the previous, and my heart sung when he sent me this photo of a recent Ashland Halloween Parade. Ken is always attuned to his subject and snaps the shutter at just the right moment. It’s no wonder he wins so many photo awards. The other day I was having breakfast at the Breadboard in Ashland, and whose work was on the wall? Ken’s, of course! His images have adorned many local businesses and restaurants in the Rogue Valley.
I think of Ken as a Renaissance Man. He could easily have been a Rhodes Scholar…but he is now a Road Scholar. (He is very active in this program which offers senior citizens travel and educational programs in the United States and around the world.) Ken has taught about his experiences at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in Ashland, and I’ve been fortunate to take one of his classes. Before retiring to Ashland 22 years ago from New Jersey, he was a high school and middle school teacher. Now Ken spends his time painting beautiful watercolors and is an active member of the Southern Oregon Photographers Association (SOPA). A singer and classical musician, Ken also composes music for string quartets for chamber orchestra. Yes, these are all “hobbies.” He says he’s retired, but do you see a pattern? While most of us are lucky enough to have one life-long passion, Ken has followed many–and he is successful at each of them! He is not only a man of many interests, but he gives back by volunteering extensively in his community and church. Ken Deveney, Renaissance Man, lives life to the fullest.
In my Eighth blog about the book, Ashland, Oregon, you’ll meet photographer Ellen Ahern.
To purchase Ashland, Oregon and see more photos by Ken Deveney, as well as from all 33 photographers, go to the Order page of my website.