It's the journey, not the destination Mel Curtis's thoughts on a life in the world of photography

Summer Falls Power Plant May 1985

  Check this out. The film was incredibly clean and scanned like a charm. I forgot to ask you what size you wanted, so this probably bigger than you need. I hope it doesn’t make your email box explode. If you need me to resize, let me know. I am sure this is the money […]

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Seattle in Winter

While the midwest braces for brutal winter cold, the daffodils are getting ready to bloom in the northwest. I have always liked winter here, perhaps because I grew up in Ohio and lived through many, many cold winters. It is always mild here and snow is somewhat rare. It is a more civilized winter that […]

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Rhythms and Rituals

Everyday I walk my little dog Barney, through the neighborhood. And most days I see the little old Japanese man with his big white dog. We don’t talk much, but usually say hello. It is a nice part of my day, to connect with other dog people and just enjoy being out in the fresh […]

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Wenatchee

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me to say happy birthday. It was great to hear from you all. My 65th birthday started out in eastern Washington in the little town of Wenatchee. I was there on a photo assignment for the University of Washington. Wenatchee is a pleasant little town in the […]

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The Beginning of the Digital Era

  Now that I have hit a quiet stretch, I thought it might be a good time to think about another personal project. Another portfolio. I did Portfolio 1 in 1994 and Portfolio 2 in 2003. I sold copies of both to Paul Brainerd. They are collections of my some of my best personal work […]

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The Road Forward

I seem to always to be looking for what the future brings. Especially when one chapter ends and the next is still a work in progress. And aging seems to make the process more urgent somehow. As if time is running out. But time is always running  out and I will never have enough of […]

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Million Dollar Views

Well I think you would be proud of me. I gave my 2 week notice yesterday. Carter thought I should keep it under my hat, as he thinks I will change my mind. But, no, this is for real this time. And if they didn’t have a line up of projects, it would have been effective […]

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It Was a Magical Time

At the end of February in 1998 I went to London for 10 days. My first trip to that great city. We stayed across the street from Hyde Park and toured the city at length. There was suppose to be a launch party for a new stock agency was working with at the time, but that […]

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Pleasant Abstraction

There seems to be a fine line between a pleasant abstraction and just an out of focus picture. It is definitely something you have to play with and shoot a lot. But the process is definitely fun. Like my Instagram stuff. Just me playing around, mostly out of curiosity. Wondering what something might look like. […]

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Wiggins Street

16 December 2017 Barbi, That photo of you as a child with your Christmas card is cute. In front of grandma’s house. Which is no longer there even. But it sent me running for an old photo or two to send to you. I have tons of family negs and prints, quite a few from […]

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