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Mary Gerakaris


I paint with my camera. Although I keep current on photography past and present, I am influenced more by painters than by other photographers. Since childhood I have been intrigued by light, color and patterns. In an effort to capture and create an amalgam of my visions, I first studied art, composition and color theory, and then moved forward into photography and design at colleges in Milwaukee and Chicago. I always came back to photography as the most honest way to capture what I saw. I moved to New Hampshire in 1971 working through the years as a layout artist and copywriter, freelance studio photographer, therapeutic riding instructor and mother. However, I never put down my camera.

Fast forward to the digital age and freedom from the traditional dark room and chemicals. I began again to look into the “secret life” of natural and manmade objects with a slightly different and more humble view. I found patterns at which I have “looked” all my life, but am truly “seeing” now. Light can add a shadow here or dramatic lighting there in a confounding number of patterns and colors. I find this truly humbling and mysteriously beautiful.

In my photographs, I attempt to share my vision of the mystery and beauty around us. I cannot, nor do I want to compete with nature, but simply freeze a special moment. The beauty I find is not limited to nature. Manmade objects and structures possess fascinating angles and colors even in their state of decay. I compose with my camera, altering color as minimally as possible, and occasionally eliminating it because the pattern stands by itself. Playing with size, the way the photos are mounted, printed and framed adds a little question extra hint of mystery. I hope you enjoy sharing my visions. All photos are printed with archival inks and mounted with acid free materials or printed on metal to provide many years of life.

My photographs are available in many custom sizes. I do all my own matting and framing for prints on paper. Prints are also available unmounted. Please contact me for information on pricing.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” - Albert Einstein


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