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“I've always liked the primitive superstition that one can capture the soul on film. Photography is so much more than a mere visual record. As an art form, it feels sometimes as if I've indeed drawn out the soul of a subject and liberated it from feather or flesh and made it shine. For me, photography is a communion of sorts, allowing an intimacy with form and color, light and texture. I can get lost inside the world of the lens.”

—MaryJoy Martin, 2004






Since she was a teenager, MaryJoy Martin has been looking through the lens of a camera. She will tell you this is why she's cross-eyed. Experimentation with lights and angles dominated her work in the 35mm days. She photographed everything. Then photographed it again with different light. Or if it would burn, she'd set it afire (the family has a history of pyromania) and film it again.

A “serial shutterbug” would be too mild a description for Martin's long-term passion for cameras. Mostly Canon. She's tried a few others, but always returns to Canon. She's a walking advert for Canon. As a youngster she had old secondhand Canons that she would disassemble, clean, repair, and restore to working order. She fancied herself as being “part camera” at times. Her affinity for her Canon in the 1970s was beyond most of our understanding, for when she slid off a cliff or fell into a river, she would first save her Canon before anything else.

The reason she was sliding off cliffs with those cameras lies in her desire to find that unusual angle for her shot. Oftentimes that meant hanging off some limb over a gorge or balancing on a rock in the middle of a torrent.

MaryJoy Martin“I had one 35mm Canon that had gone through swamp and firestorm with me,” Martin says, “and couldn't part with it even though I'd converted to digital. It was scarred and seared, suffered a few snow slides, fell in a creek more than twice, and still had a beating heart. When I finally gave it away, I felt as if I had lost a friend.”

Martin's cameras go through a sort of christening ceremony, wherein she bestows a name upon them, which might make one think she's infusing soul into inanimate objects. Witchcraft? Madness? Yet once she bonds with a Canon, it becomes part of her flesh and bone, if not part of her soul. And her work reflects that: soul.
—- Jack Kelly




MerryJoyMartin uses both her full name and her professional art signature, “MerryJoy” on her photographic work, depending on whether the work is for publication or for gallery showing. Her photography has been featured in magazines and newspapers since 1982, and as art pieces, hangs in private collections throughout the USA and in the UK.

To view Martin's online photography galleries, click on the thumbnails below. For inquiries to purchase her work or to arrange a gallery showing, please contact Cameron & Associates.


GALLERIES

EXALTATION OF BIRDS

COLDBLOODED FRIENDS

CELEBRATION OF FLORA

Feathered Friends Coldblooded Friends Flora

FURRED FRIENDS


SIX-LEGGED FRIENDS


OTHERWORLDS

Furred Friends Six-legged Friends Otherworlds

CELEBRATION OF FACES


LANDSCAPES


CELEBRATION OF FIRE

Portraiture Landscapes Firescapes

STILLNESS IN LIFE


TRANSIENT LIGHT


DREAMSCAPES

Stillness in Life Transient Light Dreamscapes




iconTo contact MaryJoy Martin email either of the representatives below:
Jack Kelly
C. C. Rivera






 
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