Michelle Danner, Kenny G, shutterbug Lyndie Benson and Cindy Crawford get flashy at the Edgemar Center. Photo Courtesy Bill Dow Photography

Supermodel Cindy Crawford, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and Laker lover Dyan Cannon were among the photo buffs who popped in at the Edgemar Center for the Arts to check out some fab snaps taken by local shutterbug Lyndie Benson.

Also among Lyndie’s many admirers was her No. 1 fan, hubby Kenny G. “She’s a great photographer with a real talent” the wave music man mused “…and just think I knew her when.”

Over the years, Lyndie has taken photos of everyone from boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard to beloved presidential pooch Buddy. Her latest collection is a walk on the wild side with a series of awesome images captured during a recent trek to Kenya. “Africa’s just magical for a photographer,” she said. “Everything’s right there in front of you.”

Lyndie’s creations included towering giraffes, tribal dancers, cheetahs stretching in the afternoon sun and her favorite-a massive elephant skull. “I really like that one,” said gallery owner Marco Karpdines, pointing to a profile of a Masai child in prayer. “It’s cohesive, it’s honest and really captures a moment in time.” Even a simple tree trunk has an amazing amount of texture, contrast and depth. The exhibit also includes a group of fascinating nudes with leggy models elegantly draped over massive boulders.

In this series, influence of her friend and mentor Herb Ritts is evident. “Cindy Crawford introduced me to Herb knowing I was a huge fan,” she explained. “Herb was amazing. He had this incredible way of making everyone look their best.”

Lyndie became interested in photography while on the road with her husband. Soon she found herself doing album covers and portraits, but it was only in recent years that she started taking photography seriously, leading to Moments-her first public exhibition.

So check out Lyndie’s pics; you just might find something suitable for framing.

The exhibit runs through July 14.


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