Mary Ellen Bartley
continuing to explore photographers from Photolucida
There seems to be lots of imagery showcasing books these days. Cara Bauer’s wonderful images of water soaked publications and Mickey Smith’s close-up images of book spines have been well celebrated. Mary Ellen Bartley was presenting her own take on books at Photolucida, and they immediately reminded me of paintings by Diebenkorn and Agnes Martin–simple, elegant, layered images .
Mary Ellen embraced the 4×5 view camera while earning her BFA, and then continued on in the commercial world as a food and still life photographer for the next twenty years. She has recently changed her focus to creating fine art images inspired by paintings and drawings “that have always held her interest”.
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