Today we’re featuring Martha Rhine from St. Petersburg, FL. We invited Martha to submit a sampling of her photography, along with a short write-up, both of which you will find below.
“I took an interest in photography 13 years ago for the purpose of documenting daily life with a new baby. I made pictures of everyday moments and found a common theme. I didn’t recognize it at the time, but they were storytelling moments between people, objects that revealed something about the people who owned them, scenery that reflected my home or a certain feeling, a portrait that spoke out in its expression, or hands engaged in a meaningful task. Overall, a narrative told in images, which represented my life and world view.
The work I’m proudest of is spontaneous, unscripted and thought-provoking. It doesn’t have to be deep; it just has to evoke something. I think everyone should want the kinds of images that get pulled out of a shoe box one day, recalling a story, producing a laugh or perhaps even eliciting a few tears.
When my friends ask me to take family pictures, I approach it with that belief in mind.
I see now that this is why I’ve been more of an observer than an artist. All the photographers I admire are like this too, though perhaps more prolific than I. That gives me something to continue to work on.”
To download or order reprints of these and other images, please see our Amateur Photographer Spotlight gallery.