I have been photographing since the age of ten when my father bought me my first camera, an Olympus-Pen (EE-2). I was captivated. Basically self-taught, over the years I have explored many forms of photography from nineteenth century historic processes to digital printing. At present my setup is a digital desktop system using fine art watercolor paper and premium luster papers coated to receive pigmented inks from an Epson printer; creating long-lasting photographic prints.
My approach to photography is to create a painterly effect in my images by using motion, color and light in unusual ways. This distinctive style was inspired by a workshop taught by Alison Shaw, fine art photographer based on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The class pushed me to go beyond the traditional tourist snapshot and look through the camera lens more artistically and creatively.
Consequently, First Ferry to the Mainland (see below) is an image that represents my new style. It was also the winning entry in the RAW/Boston Globe Magazine contest New England Beginnings. The image was published January 17th, 2010 in The Globe Magazine: http://www.boston.com/community/photos/raw/2010/01/winners_of_the_raw_globe_magaz.html
Taken in October 2009, the photograph is of the first ferry of the day leaving Vineyard Haven for Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The image represents the start of a new day. It is early morning, it is quiet, and people are just beginning to stir and start their days. I like "listening" to this awakening.
A customer who purchased the photograph called it "so haunting and beautiful."
Continue below to see more of my old and new work.
Monique C. Fischer