marianne priest — biography
Marianne Priest is a self taught photographer living in northern Lower Michigan. She got her first camera in the late 90’s and over the years has learned from reading, trial and error, and from the great talent and wisdom of friends who have helped and inspired her.
She has seen her style ebb and flow and has now, by 2009, settled into a style that is reminiscent of pictorialism, prevalent in the late 1800s into the early 1900s. It is a style that suits Marianne’s desire for an intimate connection between the image and the viewer. In the rather impressionistic looking images she creates, the viewer is allowed to put their own ideas and dreams into the photograph and get from them what they feel as opposed to what she might have been feeling. At least this is her hope.
Marianne achieves the “pictorial” look in her current work through her choice of cameras, focus, subject matter, and darkroom techniques. For the past 2 years she has been learning and experimenting strictly with the Lith process of print developing. This somewhat unpredictable technique adds to the evocative mood of the work presented here.
She chooses to print her images rather small, most of them on 8x10 paper with the image itself being smaller than the paper size. In printing them smaller, she hopes the viewer will have to come up closer to the image and in doing so, become more intimately involved with each photograph.
Marianne is passionate about continuing with traditional darkroom methods in creating her photographs. Being totally present in the process from conception to the actual birth of the image in the developer is extremely exciting and knowing that she is using methods that were used by the masters of the craft in years passed is extremely fulfilling.