It was the advent of the digital camera that propelled a local man's hobby to new heights.

It was the advent of the digital camera that propelled a local man's hobby to new heights.

"I went from wondering whether I got the shot -- or to be honest if I even loaded the film correctly -- to being able to see if something was satisfactory," said James Turner. "That really has made travel for me a lot more fun."

Turner, who has lived in the area for six years, is displaying 12 of his photographs as part of the exhibit "Carved Eloquence," which runs through Aug. 21 at Caterina Ltd., 571 S. Third St. The works are pictures of architectural pieces from throughout Europe, and in line with the shop's European theme.

Along with the photography will be a short explanation of what Turner thought as he snapped the shots.

A lawyer by trade, Turner is a self-proclaimed dilettante and lifelong photographer. This is his first exhibit.

"I've never studied photography in a formal classroom setting," he said. "It's just something I really like to do."

Pictures in the exhibit include the masks of comedy and tragedy in Paris, gargoyles in Munich, carvings in Florence and the patron saint of Paris.

"A lot of my photographs are from travel, both inside and outside the country," he said. "I love to capture a sense of place, and atmosphere and personality."

The last film photograph Turner took was in 2002.

At the time he was doing mission work in the Peruvian Andes. Instead of taking a large, expensive camera with him he brought numerous disposable cameras.

It turned out to be a mistake.

"That was nice, but I ran out of the miniature (cameras) in a hurry," Turner said. "By the end I remember consciously not taking some photographs because I was saving the last shots."

The experience spurred him to look into digital technology.

"I said, 'this is nuts,' and went and did some shopping and bought a digital camera," Turner said. "That has just absolutely changed the way I look at photography.

"I went back to Peru a couple of years later and went nuts."