Marcia Schulman Martin was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1951, and raised on Long Island. She first became interested in photography in 1974, when she met her future husband, Russ, an MFA student, in college. After graduation she purchased a used medium-format camera, and they began photographing and exhibiting together.
In 1977 Marcia began a graduate program in Speech/Language Pathology, and abruptly gave up photography. Upon receiving her MA degree, she began a career as a speech/language pathologist, working primarily with handicapped children. She is now retired.
In 2005, on a whim, Marcia entered older images in "Black & White" magazine's 2006 Portfolio Contest, and was published in its special portfolio edition. This was the catalyst for her return to photography after a hiatus of nearly 30 years. She set a goal of winning a spotlight in that publication's 2007 portfolio contest, and, indeed, her portfolio "Floating Leaves" appeared as a Spotlight/Feature in issue #50. In addition, one of her leaf images also was published in the March 2007 issue of "Popular Photography".
Marcia continues to work on her "Floating Leaf" series. Her work is currently included in the still life show at RayKo Center in San Francisco, and Silvershotz magazine plans on running her work in an upcoming issue. Her "Floating Leaf" portfolio won an award in the nature category of the 2009 Lucie Awards.
Artist Statement by Marcia Schulman Martin
"I have always been fascinated with the qualities of water, and it has become the unifying theme for my body of work. My first water images, the Minnewaska series, were captured almost 35 years ago. When I returned to photography, after a hiatus of almost 30 years, I was again attracted to water. As I endeavored to do something different than before and something original, two ideas emerged. The first was to photograph leaves as the primary subject against a reflective background of water. The next, was to find beauty in ordinary subjects that would otherwise go unnoticed. I had usually captured those kinds of images in pristine mountain streams or ponds. Now, I was challenging myself to find beauty in the mundane. As I photographed floating autumn leaves in ordinary locations, I found that directional afternoon lighting produced the most desirable effect. To give the photographs a sense of mood and mystery, I processed them to have higher than normal contrast, similar in tonality to the Minnewaska Series. In this way, the original images were transformed, and the portfolio of "Floating Leaves" was created."