Marybeth Flower and Joe Bauwens

ARTIST STATEMENT

We are a married couple who often photograph together. Our love of capturing images began when we learned photography to create a coffee table book on life in the Italian piazze. In an international competition, Piazza: Italy’s Heart & Soul won Best Coffee Table Book of the Year.

After completing the book we turned our photographic attention to nature where we enjoy capturing both abstract and realistic images.

We love shooting together in the same area and are often surprised at how different our photographs are from each other’s, even though they were shot from the same spot. We find photographing together interesting as we are each other’s best supporter and harshest critic. Sometimes our shooting takes on a competitive air, but we are always happy when the other one creates a killer image.

Often we make abstract impressions of what we see in nature with a goal of making our work look painterly. We have been inspired by mid-twentieth century abstract artists including Richard Diebenkorn and Mark Rothko.

When we are not shooting with an abstract objective, we strive to make our work tack sharp and a realistic representation of what we see.

Both of us are drawn to color. We especially love to shoot in the fall and spring as the colors are most vibrant then. Italy, Ireland and Idaho are our favorite places to photograph.

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