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

Paint the Sky Pink

Did you know that of our five senses, in terms of memory, that sight is our worst? Smell is our best. Something I learned in college when I read Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color. He states that take a color we all are familiar with, like Coke a Cola red and lay out a bunch […]

Posted in architecture, Musings, Seattle, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Paint the Sky Pink

Kindred Spirits

Perhaps our connection is that we are kindred spirits in a visual sense. That we both share a poetic view of the universe. And that we use our art to make sense of this crazy world we live in. And though we live on opposite sides of the planet, we can look up into the […]

Posted in Celebrations, Musings, Odds and Ends, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Kindred Spirits

I was Here

I have always had a burning desire to make photographs. Even now, after almost 40 years. I love everything about the process, the seeing, the ┬ádiscovering, then framing and ultimately capturing. And then in processing or as we now call it, editing, seeing if my little caterpillar will become a beautiful butterfly. I have also […]

Posted in architecture, Landscapes, Musings, Odds and Ends, Seattle, Uncategorized | Comments Off on I was Here

What Would Louis Daguerre Have Done?

If there is any current work I am taking my most pride in, it is my portrait work. Especially if I get to do it here in my studio, my space, my light, my simple set up that ultimately becomes about the individual and what they bring to the party. Photography in its most simple […]

Posted in Musings, Odds and Ends, Portraits, Selfies, Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Would Louis Daguerre Have Done?

A Lush Blend of Chemistry and Magic

The thing is about the old stuff and new stuff is that it can be hard to match. Always had that problem in the darkroom. You make one beautiful print and there is no guarantee that you can make a second matching one. Mine were always one of a kind. And when I went digital, […]

Posted in Musings, Odds and Ends, Portraits, Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on A Lush Blend of Chemistry and Magic

Quirky Compositions

Yes, those two are among my favorites. I am even glad the compositions were disturbing for you. At least you noticed them, at least they got your attention. And hopefully that means, at least they weren’t boring. It is hard to photograph things and places that have been photographed a gazillion times before and the […]

Posted in France, Odds and Ends, Paris, Travels, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Quirky Compositions

Technological Junk Pile of History

  When I thought of your birthday last night, I remembered the studio sale in May of 1994. Remember that? The one to raise money to get me to Spain and you a Hasselblad? I could have sworn I had a digital copy on my computer from years ago, and may have. But what did […]

Posted in Celebrations, Selfies, Spain, Travels, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Technological Junk Pile of History

The View From Sisko Gallery

On that note, my day here is making prints and cutting mats for my Portfolio III, The Digital Era, 2004 to 2018 project. Just a feel good thing to give me a sense of accomplishment. Then, this afternoon, garden work. The weather is amazing right now and yesterday we took a little road trip to […]

Posted in architecture, Celebrations, Odds and Ends, Seattle, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The View From Sisko Gallery

Dub Me Brilliant

Hey John, Pure and simple, your replacement is probably cheaper. I know the loss stings, it is hard to compete when it all about the bottom line. I am slowly losing my last UW client, largely due to costs. The U hired a couple of full time photogs a few years ago and have been […]

Posted in Celebrations, Odds and Ends, Roma, Seattle, Travels, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dub Me Brilliant

Big Hair is Back

The current version of me. Big hair and all.

Posted in Barcelona, Portraits, Seattle, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Big Hair is Back