My passion for photography began with a Kodak Brownie Camera at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.  The depression and World War II limited my photography to special events.  After marriage in 1955 my husband and I shared our joy of photography. 

            We travelled all over the US taking thousands of slides for my geology classes at Long Island University, New York.  At Long Island University I continued to grow as a photographer, taking many photograph courses. 

             In 1994 I retired from my full time position and we moved to Bremerton. WA.  We both took wet darkroom technique workshops with Bruce Barnbaum in WA, and an Infrared and night photography workshop in 1996 with Frank Dituri and Joan Powers in Italy. We travelled in Europe. After my husband died I took field workshops with Bruce Barnbaum in France (1999), and Italy (2001).

            After shooting film and digital in Ireland with photographer, Joan Powers, in 2004, I went digital.  I scan older negatives & print digitally. Digital Workshops: Canon Beach Oregon with Stu Levy and Don Kirby, Seabeck & Olympic Park Washington with Don Paulson and the Palouse with Alan Caddey. Besides photographing our beautiful Northwest, I visit New York City yearly. 

            To learn the technology for digital processing and printing I attended Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula: Tim Cooper (Photoshop), George DeWolfe (Fine Art Printing) and David Marx (Lightroom).   B&H Workshops in New York City.  Laura Shoe Lightroom Workshop in WA.  My processing is minimal.

            At the Global Bean in Silverdale in had two shows– In 2011“The Palouse” and in 2012  “Some of My Favorite Images of Italy”.   My images have been accepted for numerous juried shows.  It is a pleasure to share my work.   

                        Mary E. Westerback.