Decatur Dispatch - October 2018

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 10 • OCTOBER 2018 Decatur Dispatch Covering Decatur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill and Toco Hill PRICELESS ISSUE! Local Photography Club Still Going Strong after 40 Years Back in 1976 Neil Chaput de Santonge started a photography club called the South- eastern Photographic Society (SPS) that’s still going strong. Long time local photographers may remember Neil and his wife Jeanne ran South- eastern Center for the Arts, a school that offered a professional photography program as well as workshops for enthu- siasts. Back then SPS met at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and the goal was to give like-minded lovers of photography a chance to hone their skills and share their results with others. In the mid-1990s the couple moved to Missoula Montana and opened the Rocky Mountain School of Photography which they still oper- ate with their family. Greg Comstock is the current president of SPS and he says there are over 230 active and 2600 casual members. Comstock, whose photography is oriented toward landscape, travel and architecture said, “I became involved as I was approaching retirement and looking for an active organization, one that would expand my social and activity circles when my career ended. With a technology career behind me, it became natural for me to pick up on the rapidly changing technology of digital photography and post process- ing software that the industry has recently deployed.” Continued on page 6 An Olympian in Atlanta In the summer of 1996, the city of Atlanta was given the honor to host the 26th Olympic Games. Since then, our ever-growing metropolis has become the home for countless American and even international Olym- pic athletes. One Olym- pian in particular, World Champion Fencer: Iosif Vitebskiy, can actually be found right here in the Buckhead area. Born in Kiev, Ukraine of theU.S.S.R. in January 1938, Iosif lived in a small Jewish com- munity within the city. He began fencing at the age of 14 while attending Technical School. During this time, Losif left school to work in a manufacturing fac- tory in order to provide for his family. However, with the support of his work-manager, Losif was allowed to leave early so that he could continue his training. “While most boys trained three or four times a week, I trained seven times,” explained Losif. In the sport of fencing, there are three types of weap- ons: a foil, épée, and sabre. Each blade has its own sepa- rate event and different techniques. Losif trained as an “épée fencer” which is the only of the three to allow the entire body as a valid target area. Épée is also the heaviest of all three fencing weapons, and requires an incredible amount of concentration, accuracy and speed. Losif is also trained in wielding dual épées as well. At the age of 18, Losif won a silver medal at the Jr. Division Championships. The next year in 1957, he won gold at the Ukrainian Fencing Championships and began a lucrative career within fencing. Continued on page 28 World Champion Fencer, Iosif Vitebskiy