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

Keyless Clock

I am not familiar with Seth Thomas the photographer. Only Seth Thomas the clocks. I have one I would like to get rid of. It was left to me by a friend in his will. But it means nothing to me and I just as soon part with it. Know any one who collects old […]

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Silver Prints Are Durable Things

A gallery dealer I worked with many years ago recently contacted me to say she had all this stuff of mine she wished to return. We haven’t worked together is almost 15 years. What could she have? But she came by my studio, which she had never seen, and brought this wealth of my history […]

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The Moment When You Know

Your travel stories made me a little homesick. I know I only lived in DC a few years, but it is not only where I really grew up and came of age, but it was there that I embarked on my journey with photography. I was naïve about it all and yet so excited by […]

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Items of Value

Good morning, Mel Curtis.  Today I am spending a second day appraising recent gifts to the Obamas.  My data sheet #7709 pertains to a photo you took apparently on 30 April 1996 and titled “Dinner at the White House”.  I remember liking the haziness of it — almost French impressionistic.  Would you please inform me […]

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The Right to Say I Did This

Trey, Thank you for your kind words about my WH project. I have never been quite sure what people might think of these photos. Panoramic images can hard to look at, with the distortion and all. It has never bothered me, I embraced the look years ago.  But I often wondered with this work, would […]

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Still Standing

I have thought more about the idea we have discussed of teaching at the college in the sleepy little town. It’s a great dream. For many years I had a client in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Just a few miles from Shepardstown, West VA, home of Shepards College. Talk about bucolic. There is a train station […]

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What the Camera Saw

I would like to thank all those of you who liked and paid me nice compliments on the previous posting of my new cover image, taken in Washington, DC, last week. I am often asked if I Photoshopped an image or changed it in any way. In the interest of full disclosure, here is the […]

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