Photographer Mary Gerakaris amplifies small details and high contrast in this bold and striking collection. Visit her website to see more.
I paint with my camera.
Since childhood I have been fascinated by detail, patterns and color.
In college I was a Fine Art major before I began my journey into photography. My many classes in painting, composition and color theory have truly informed my work.
Since college I have been a mother, teacher and therapeutic riding instructor, but have never put down my camera. I see detailed beauty in the objects that people pass by everyday, and have been influenced more by the work of painters than by other photographers.
My goal is to capture a mostly completed image through the lens and change it as little as possible in post-production.
At times I will slightly crop, change levels or contrast, but never “change” colors—what you see is what you get. Often the composition of what I photograph is so compelling to me that I choose to print it in black and white.
People ask what “style” I work in. Well, that depends on what I see when my camera and I take a trip together.
There are so many wonderful textures, colors and exquisite patterns in both natural and manmade objects. The possibilities are endless. Often, I will start with a larger image and zoom in until I find a wonderful macro “pattern within a pattern,” which adds a little mystery to what the viewer sees.
My abstractions are printed primarily on aluminum, as that seems to give better depth to the image as in underpainting. All my photographs on paper are matted and framed by me, in order to have control of style, size and color of the materials.
I love sharing my images with others, hopefully starting a discussion about what the viewer perceives. In many cases the subject is obvious, in others, well, I let the viewer decide. Please enjoy your journey.
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