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Photographic Canvases

Artwork by Martie Mackay. On display October 24 - November 4, 2014.

My journey as a photographer and artist is linked, perhaps, to my childhood desire to become either a spy or an archeologist. During the happy summers spent on a farm in Virginia, and springs and summers in the woods in Pennsylvania my companions and I explored the worlds around us. We were always looking for clues, always discovering new things, always trying to puzzle out the significance of what we’d find.

I try to unearth the beauty or the uniqueness of elements in my photographs. That cow on the hill has a beautiful expression in her eyes. Those little barnacles on the driftwood have a gorgeous streak of orange. There’s a tree with fabulously intertwined branches in the middle of Central Park. Then, what do I do?

I go to work interpreting and enhancing these discoveries. The barn doors have fabulous lines, but I’ll supersaturate the color. The lifeguard huts are whimsical and darling, but I can get rid of the people and use an editing technique to make them look like they’re paintings. The peonies in the vase are just begging for someone to look beyond their gorgeous colors and see the complex patterns of their petals. I am thrilled to be able to use technology to help me express what I see.

Georgia O’Keefe said, (and I sincerely apologize for mentioning her name in a piece about me!) “I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at - not copy it.” We all see things differently; I have tried through my photography to share what I find, and how I see things, so that the viewer will be surprised, and maybe even delighted at what I’ve created.

Photographic Canvases