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November 29, 2012 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-11-29

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arts & entertainment

Artist's wildlife portraits are on display
at two Metro Detroit locations.

Giraffes in the Sunset, "one of my favorites," says Linda Rottman Worthington, was taken during a horseback safari at Plettenberg Bay Private Game Reserve, South
Africa. "Our group was heading back to camp, I turned my horse around and waited because the sun was just coming down, the sky was changing and the giraffes were
slowly walking toward the hill. Timing is everything; it was a magical moment."

--Lisa... •



The Leopard, taken at Pumba Private Game Reserve,
South Africa, on Worthington's first safari. "I was
so lucky to have seen this beauty; leopards tend to
hide in the brush:'

Suzanne Chessler

Special to the Jewish News


inda Rottman Worthington built a career as a
financial planner, often seeking safe retirement
options for clients.
Two years ago, when Worthington decided to retire
from her longtime profession, safety was not the objec-
tive she had in mind.
Giving up her own job so she could accompany her
husband assigned to work in South Africa, Worthington
decided to establish a second career as a wildlife photog-
Mostly on horseback, she photographed tigers,
giraffes, leopards and other huge animals in their natu-
ral environments and prepared the images for sale.
Her unaltered digital pictures will be available
through June at Art-Is-In Market at Laurel Park Place
Mall in Livonia and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi.
"This is my second coming of age, doing something

Reflecting Zebras, also taken on horseback, "pretty
much put me on the same level as the zebras. That
one makes me smile."

Penguins on the Beach, shot near Cape Town, with
Table Mountain in the background, covered by
clouds. "I was on a trip with my sister, visiting from
Paris, France."

Lion Profile,
taken on a
different day
at Pumba. "We
were in a Range
Rover and very,
very close. As
long as you
are part of the
vehicle, don't
stand up - and
the lions are
not hungry -
it's OK."

I love as I begin working the second time around," says
Worthington, 58, of Canton, whose pictures also are avail-
able on notepaper, mugs and calendars.
"This is the first time I've really shown my work seri-
ously:' she says. "I was a member of ORT when I lived
in Chicago, and I did sell a few of my pieces through an
event they had. That was probably 20 years ago:'
Worthington, who has lived in Michigan for 15 years,
is part of a co-op arrangement at the malls. She is among
40-100 artists who rent space and volunteer their time to
operate the outlets.
Interested in photography since learning camera skills
as a teenager taught by an uncle, she is most interested in
nature as subject matter.
"When you go on safari, it's not just a matter of shoot-
ing pictures of animals," Worthington says. "It takes a long
time because you have to watch the animals and catch
them at right moments. There's just an instant before each

Gone Wild on page 71


November 29 • 2012


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