Paul Marsh Bio
I grew up in Puyallup under the shadow of Mt. Rainier, and photography has captured my soul since I was in school. I am fortunate to have lived during a time of transition, learning the art of the film negative and darkroom print and then transforming that knowledge into the digital photography age.
My experience with photography includes shooting weddings, portraits, and professional baseball, as well as teaching classes and writing photography critiques. But the common theme in my work over the years has been capturing and sharing the beauty of the natural world around us. I especially love the challenge of finding new ways to photograph common subjects, and I try to help remind the viewers of my art that we live in a fascinating world.
I bought my first iPhone in 2009 and quickly learned that this new technology gave artists the power to shoot, edit, and share our photography all on one device. The abundance of apps allow for deep creativity. I also discovered that the interface of a touchscreen can allow artists to create images that blur the line between “photograph” and “painting.”
One of my photos was selected in the inaugural Mobile Photo Awards in 2011. This experience led me deeper into the new world of powerful art created using only mobile devices. In viewing these printed images in a fine art gallery in San Francisco, I was able to see what is possible with a mobile phone and to develop many friendships in this artistic community.
Pushing the creative boundaries using a device that is always with me allows me to see the world in fresh ways, whether I'm creating a traditional photograph, or experimenting with apps to create an artistic vision that captures a subconscious interpretation of what is before me.
I still believe that a photograph isn't “done” until it is printed, framed, and hung on a wall. This is especially true now more than ever when our social media feeds are flooded with images. Most digital images are viewed and shared only for a moment, whereas a printed photo is far more permanent. I am challenged to create images on my iPhone that can remain beyond the limited time they are shared electronically. I aim to share a positive perspective on life, and use my art to express life’s joys and challenges with gratitude.
All of the photos in this show were taken and edited completely on an iPhone.
FEATURING PAUL MARSH PHOTOGRAPHY
SHOWING SEPTEMBER 13 THROUGH
DECEMBER 5, 2016
PUYALLUP CITY HALL (5TH FLOOR)
333 S. MERIDIAN
PUYALLUP, WA 98371
ARTIST RECEPTION - OCTOBER 5, 2016 - 6 PM
5TH FLOOR OF PUYALLUP CITY HALL
Valley Arts United