Capturing Emotion and Stillness in Photography
Martha Coaty has been a photographer for over 30 years, specializing in fine art photography of Door County Wisconsin as well as outdoor photography of Northern Wisconsin.
Coaty states, “Images that are meaningful to me are those that exude an emotion of affection, survival, sadness or joy. I love the happy appeal of color and the broodiness of black and white.”
None of her images are staged. She explains, “Simplicity narrows my approach when finding geometric shapes and color on the landscape. I use stillness to represent the peacefulness of my subjects. I feel connected to my images in a spiritual sense of how I got there, or why I was there to record what I saw. ” She adds, “As I continue forward, I create small intimate photographs and large format for impact. I want my viewers to enjoy the experience of feeling emotion from an image.”
Born in 1960, Martha Coaty graduated with a BA in journalism/art from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has been in many juried exhibitions throughout Wisconsin, notably those held at the Racine Art Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, and Miller Art Museum, WI. She has also shown her work in the PhotoMidwest 2016 Biennial at Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI, Coalition of Photographic Arts Midwest Juried Exhibitions, and Juried Annual Exhibits in Sturgeon Bay.
Manhattan Arts International selected one of her photographs for its “New Beginnings” exhibition in 2015 and gave her an Award of Excellence.
Coaty’s photographs are in collections worldwide including the prestigious permanent collections of Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, WI, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI and Mosaic Arts, Green Bay, WI.
The artist reflects, “I started to use photography as an artistic medium in 2008 to fulfill a goal of mine to display and sell my artwork. Prior to that I would document travel and other findings to create small art shows in my mother’s dining room.”
Banner Image: Hay Bale Carousel, photograph, 16″ x 24″.
Visit Martha Coaty’s website www.marthacoatyphotography.com