Marie was born in the Berkshires and grew up along the CT shore, hardly inspiration for taking photos in the American West. From her first red cowgirl skirt and hat to now, she was fascinated by the landscape West of the Mississippi. She spent her early years after high school traveling out there while working in a custom photo lab and honing her darkroom skills by printing other people’s work. Even though her day-to-day business is now digital and formerly was medium format, she became hooked on large format photography after taking workshops with Steve Sherman, Jack Holowitz and borrowed equipment. Her early work was with a 4x5 and she now uses 5x7, exclusively black and white.
She has no deep philosophical reasons for taking the images she does and a true Gemini, she swings from the landscape to still life, portraits to botanicals. If it strikes her fancy, she photographs it. Her feeling is that the deliberate positioning of the camera, the time setting up, composing under the dark cloth, determining the many aspects of exposure, along with the developing and printing are almost zen-like. There is a peace that comes over her as she studies the ground glass and finally pulls the dark slide that becomes nirvana when she views the negatives after they are dry.
Marie was awarded a Master Photographer degree from the Professional Photographers of America and has had many images accepted into their prestigious Loan Collection, one traveling to Korea for exhibit. She has exhibited in many group shows, receiving many awards, and has had work accepted in juried shows. Her work is also in many private collections.
Marie M. Curtis Studio
216 Main Street
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