View Full Version : Marci's Photo Thread

06-17-2010, 12:34 AM
I am rather shy when it comes to sharing my work on the forum, though I'd like to change that. Considering we are in our new home, I think the timing is appropriate. I don't have anything new to share as I haven't worked on anything serious in far too long.. so you guys may have seen these before. [post28]

A few Tori inspired ones...




06-17-2010, 01:49 AM
A few inspired by the loss of my Gram.





06-17-2010, 02:00 AM
marci, I love the ones inspired by your Gram. What a nice way to remember her!

And I love your tub!

06-17-2010, 02:38 AM
I'm a huge fan of more marci photos. [post28]

06-17-2010, 02:48 AM
Thanks so much, Bear! That project was the most rewarding yet difficult thing I've done. It was very therapeutic and at times I felt her with me when I looked through the viewfinder as cornball as that sounds.



06-17-2010, 02:49 AM
Thank you thank you Courey! That means a lot. How am I going to start calling you by your real name? ;)

06-17-2010, 02:52 AM
"what's in a name?" ;l
[seriously... even my mom calls me Courey... lol]

06-18-2010, 02:55 AM
This is my friend Emily.. we went to school together. It's from my last photo adventure when it started to warming up outside.


06-18-2010, 11:20 AM
All the photos are just gorgeous, but the ones inspired by your grandmother are really special. Do you show? I'd think a whole show like that would get a fair amount of attention.

06-18-2010, 12:11 PM
I've always loved the tribute to your grams! Amazing work. [post28]

06-18-2010, 12:22 PM
I love the set you've done for your grandmother, it's very special.

p.s: your house is gorgeous, I want that tub!

06-20-2010, 04:28 AM
Thanks for the positive comments, guys.

I made a total of ten photographs for the series about my Gram. I inherited three small photo albums worth of snapshots shortly before she passed away. I knew I wanted to work with them in some form, but I wasn't sure how. It took a long time for me to come up with my concept... so I didn't have much time to shoot in the end. I was well into November/December for most of these. (I'm in Canada!) I shot many of in the same day, plus a few reshoots. A fellow student/friend was my model and I will forever owe her. I still feel bad how much I made her freeze. While I enjoy crunch time, I wish I had spent longer on these. I'm not completely happy with all of them and would love to work on it again in the future.

I have shown the series four times and once in its entirety. For my graduating class exhibition, I was selected with 4 others among 50 or so students to have pieces purchased by the dean. He bought the White Dress. That photo seems to be a favorite among people and also won a People's Choice award in another show.

In The Moment, 2007

Most family photographs are created in order to document the past. They are designed to be glanced upon without room for interpretation, but sometimes they can be more.

When I first began studying old photographs of my recently deceased grandmother, I found myself trying to learn more about her – who she was and where she came from. It took some time to accept that the images could not tell me what I wanted them to. The surface was all that remained and it left me unfulfilled. The photographs of my grandmother are the foundation for this series. I have loosely reconstructed each scene, allowing the contemporary environment and fashion to bleed through. Through the use to type cropping and masking of identity, I have tried to create images that involve tension between what the viewer is allowed to see and what is left desired.

In The Moment touches upon photography’s quality of one dimensionality, but I remain uncertain on where the line is drawn. The images that I have created have provided me with a certain degree of closeness to my grandmother and they have essentially allowed me to accept her death by layering present experiences over a faded past.

Here are the others:








06-20-2010, 04:30 AM
I keep forgetting to mention, the bathtub photo that I posted earlier is not from my home. I wish!! ;l

06-20-2010, 06:18 AM
marci, I showed your "re-photo" gallery to a photographer friend of mine who did something similar with historical architectural photos and he was totally blown away (as am I). I love your take on it.

06-20-2010, 06:31 AM
I'm so happy these have been shown, and that you've shown the rest here!

06-22-2010, 02:40 PM
"Through the use to type cropping and masking of identity, I have tried to create images that involve tension between what the viewer is allowed to see and what is left desired."
I believe you succeeded! :) Beautiful work!

06-25-2010, 01:03 AM
I'm glad you think so! I was never quite sure if my intention actually caused tension (pardon the pun!) Usually I'd get the "why did you cut the heads off!?!?" comment instead. ;)


01-23-2011, 04:04 AM
It's shameful that I haven't updated my thread in over six months!!

I took some photos of my friend's baby today. It was more difficult than I figured it would be - a rusty photographer and a cranky baby! By the time I was really into it and she was cooperative, the sun went down. I hope to use this little model as an excuse to start shooting on a regular basis.







01-24-2011, 01:17 AM
Awwwwwwww! Nice work. [post28]

01-24-2011, 02:04 AM
Thanks Barb! :)

01-25-2011, 11:10 PM
Those last two are so precious! [post28]

(well, they're all precious but those are my favorites)

01-25-2011, 11:15 PM
The very first b&w and the last photo of the royal tush are adorable!

Shady Pines, Ma
01-26-2011, 02:01 AM
Marci, I love your photos! Even taking the ones inspired by your grams had their own unique qualities. Excellent!!

01-26-2011, 10:46 PM
Thanks for the lovely comments!! I'm excited to go back and take more of her. :)

03-08-2011, 03:52 AM
Three hours of scanning negatives tonight. It was the first time in three years, so I scanned my little heart out. More to follow.

This is the house I grew up in. <3


03-08-2011, 11:45 AM
Right out of a Jonh Hughes movie.

03-09-2011, 04:02 PM
That shot and the snow makes the house look like a miniature model to me. And even though this isn't the pet pic thread, I love the photos of your pets and your recent descriptions of their personalities. Clara's a scene stealer, but after your descriptions I think Dora's become my favorite ;).

03-21-2011, 06:31 AM
Thanks so much, Cee! You always have such nice things to say.

I have a few portraits to share! The ones from the cemetery are from the fall. I love fall in my home town. It's always such a beautiful and inspiring place.

Brother dear.


I normally prefer color, but I think the b&w works better in this situation. The sun was setting, so I'm not loving the tones. Thoughts?


More from Emily on page 1...


Even though this photo isn't my favorite, I think it perfectly illustrates her character. She's hilarious and makes me crack up non-stop!

03-22-2011, 02:03 AM
One of my favorite spots! The view from Skinner Mountain in MA; overlooking Hadley, Northampton and the Connecticut River.


Alternative View:

03-22-2011, 02:22 AM
So pretty!

03-22-2011, 11:06 PM
Thanks Barb! <3

I used the area as part of my Dream Project that I made during school. If you look at the large area for farm land in the above photo, you'll see a small formation of trees. This is where I was.


One of my favorite photographers, Joel Sternfeld, photographed the area around the same time, and put out a book called the Oxbow Archive (http://www.steidlville.com/books/782-Oxbow-Archive.html). If you happen to come across it, you should check it out. It's my holy grail of books. (Joel and I photographed the same area in the same month and year. We could have easily bumped into each other, though I wouldn't have known who he was. (Kinda mind blowing in a photo geek perspective!)

03-24-2011, 06:59 PM
^^ Love the colors and composition in this one

05-24-2011, 08:52 AM
A severe yet quick storm rolled in this evening. The clouds caught my eye, so I ran out onto our balcony.