Mary Wehrhahn

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Deux Orchids
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From Out Of The Shadows
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Hallowed Passage
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Lost In My World
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Images from 3 bodies of work:

A Closer Look - Natures's Beauty

Cambodia - Past and Present Tense

Inner Sanctum


Born in New Jersey, in 1950, to first generation Italian-Americans, I was raised with the appreciation of various art forms. I would sit and listen to my mother play the piano; my eight years of lessons began when I was 5. Although I wasn't technically perfect, the house was filled with an expression of my very being. I also loved watching my mother "doodle". The fluidity of her pencil intrigued me at a young age. High school was my first experience with formal art lessons. I loved it in spite of the fact that copying a picture was far more important then cultivating creative expressions. I learned how color and shadows could stir emotions and I was hooked.

When digital photography hit the scenes, the quality was mediocre and was utilized merely for product shots. Working for an International Retail Corporation, unknowingly, I was a pioneer in digital production. I set standards for our photographers and pre-media vendors. Because of my role in the industry, I gave a presentation at a National GCIC conference in Florida in 2003.

I parlayed my work experience into my personal endeavors of photography and print- making. At the age of 56, I retired and pursued my dreams once again.

Photography is my passion; I want you, the viewer to come into my world. My images will connect to you and touch each of you differently and they will have you walk away with your own version of the story I started; I try to capture the feel, the essence - the very being of my subject, whether it's a portrait of a child, a friend or a stranger. In my cityscapes, I want you to hear the footsteps on a quiet street or to look closely at the ordinary moments that we all tend to rush past without stopping to notice. This is how I look at life, at the intimate details that sometimes go unnoticed: the bright smile of a child, the hardships that some people have witnessed, the sheer joy of a dancer or the beauty of nature when you take a closer look. This is what I want to share and that is why I will continue on my path.

It's the ecstasy of discovery and then finding out there is so much more to discover that's important. Light and shadows are very sensual, mysterious and suggestive; your eye searches and there is an intimacy. It comes across almost as a whisper, drawing you in.

My "inner sanctum" series is a portrayal of this. While I walk through a darkened room, I feel the spirit of the life these walls have witnessed. I feel the soft caress of my lover's touch, I wallow in my thoughts - thoughts of joy and of longings, of loneliness and of the strength garnished when you need it the most. A melancholy envelopes me, yet I cherish my reflections because I look for beauty wherever it can be found, beauty of youth and the beauty after the blush on the bloom has long been gone. The most beautiful part of life is what you carry in your heart, it's in the connections you made, the loves you have cultivated. That beauty doesn't fade with age, it is seen in passion, the zest for life and love and in the desires to see the world for all that it's worth. That's who I am.

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