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Location:
Indianapolis
Medium:
Fine Art HDR Photography
FEATURED WORK
Marie Reamer

“My work captures the world as I see it through the lens of my camera. Being a Hoosier, I have immediate access to large cities and smaller towns, and both allow me to capture unique architectural images, farms and countryside that inspire me.”

High Dynamic Range Photography” wasn’t in a dictionary more than 40 years ago when photographer Marie Reamer began what has become her life’s artistic journey; and “darkroom,” as it’s applied to photography, has been fading from dictionaries for years.  Alphabetically, they’re not far apart however, and somewhere in between is where Marie finds herself today.

“One darkroom class, and I was hooked,” Marie says of her college-student-self.  Born and raised in New Jersey, she “started photographing and learning the darkroom in college out in Utah, where I was inspired by the beauty of the mountains and the red rocks of southern Utah.”  She moved to Indianapolis, met her husband and started her family, and she continued pursuing her photography.  They moved to England, and she continued pursuing photography.  In 1999, Marie and family returned to Indy, and three years ago she began exploring High Dynamic Range Photography.

“My work captures the world as I see it through the lens of my camera,” she says.  “I pre-visualize how I want an image to look when I capture it, taking multiple exposures for a wider range of tones than what a camera captures in a single exposure. Then I go to my digital darkroom,” as she calls her computer.  There, Marie combines the three to five exposures she has of the image, “and I sandwich the exposures to yield a High Dynamic Range image with a wider tonal range than a normal photograph.”

Marie studied Digital Photography and Photoshop at the Art Center of Indianapolis and at IUPUI, and those studies paid off.  Her work has juried into many exhibits with names familiar to Hoosiers – IDADA, Nickel Plate Arts, Athens of Indiana, and Gallery 924’s Contemporary Figurative Show to name a few.  She also has been honored with several Special Recognition Awards from Light, Space and Time On-line Gallery in the categories of Nature, Cityscapes, Architecture, and All-Women.

This year, she was named a Hoosier Woman Artist by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.  “It was an honor to meet the Lieutenant Governor,” she said, and an outcome of the honor is that her image, Indianapolis Cityscape #1, will hang in the Lt. Governor’s office for the next year.  It could hang there for many years and retain its beauty because Marie’s custom prints all of her images with archival pigment inks to produce archival prints which can last more than 200 years.

“Being a Hoosier, I have immediate access to large cities and smaller towns, and both allow me to capture unique architectural images, farms and countryside with many photographic options,” she said.  “The beauty inspires me, whether it is in a landscape, a work of nature or in the texture and graphic lines of a dilapidated building or architectural treasure. The ability to capture these images, digitally stylize them to realize my pre-visualization and to share them with others also inspires me to capture that special image,” she said. Travel also inspires Marie, and her work includes unique images from places in France, Germany, Monaco, Scotland, and the Mediterranean.

What inspired her to apply to Indiana Artisan?  “There is great local recognition in the Indiana Artisan brand,” she said, “and I wanted to take advantage of the opportunities the designation has to offer.   The designation also validates my work as an artist, and I am eager for it to be part of a larger body of exceptional work promoted to a wider audience.”