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Tina Marie Angelillo, Southington

Tina Marie Angelillo, a life-long Southington resident, has always had a passion to pursue the arts and a longing to travel to far off places. So in 1997, after a near fatal accident, she finally allowed herself to do both. While enrolled at Central Connecticut State University in 2003, she took two photography courses and learned the basics and the theory behind the craft itself. Upon graduation, her family bought her her first 35mm 'Canon EOS Rebel' and "I haven't put it down since." The photo on this week's cover is a dahlia in her mother's garden. "It is beautiful and simple, and intimate on several levels. The camera has captured movement and color here in a way that the naked eye just cant do. But I like to think that this is what the bees see, and that's why they love pollination so much. I know I would, if that were my daily view."