Photography has taught me the value of letting the world speak for itself through images and stories. By engaging in active visual listening and suspending my tendency to project experiential interpretations onto the world, I allow images to organically emerge and present themselves to my lens. Thus, my photographs can be viewed like narratives; they are stories retold in picture form.
Looking back, I can see that my enthusiasm for photography probably began in my high school days at The Field School in Washington, DC. A teacher there named Olga Zabludoff gave me a challenging assignment: I was to capture five, story-telling images of a Coca-Cola bottle using a Leica IIIF camera, and until I did so, I would not be allowed to photograph any other subject. After much effort (and three rolls of film), I finally succeeded -- and in the process, learned how much more there is to photography than simply snapping a picture.
[Top: my beloved Leica camera. Bottom left: a long-haired, teen-aged version of me. Bottom right: a couple of Field School friends and me.]
After high school, my interest in photography intensified when my father let me use his Leica M3 (which I am pleased to have inherited). Then, in 1978, I used all my savings to purchase the first computerized camera on the market, the Canon A1. Needless to say, I became intensely devoted to, and protective of, that camera -- so much so, that one of my college friends eventually proclaimed, "If Martin ever fell from a great height, he would undoubtedly suffer bodily injury, but his precious camera would remain unharmed!"
At university, I was fortunate to have been mentored in photojournalism by the person in charge of the school’s photo lab, Mr Rooney Coffman. Also, I was honored when the editors of my college newspaper and yearbook asked me to take pictures for them.
In the years since then, my love of photography has never wavered. I have continued taking photos with a number of different cameras, digital and non-digital. Today, I primarily use a Sony A7III to capture nature shots, landscapes, portraits and other compelling images, some of which are on display -- and for sale -- on this website.