Mary Catherine Rollo
Shreveport, LA, USA
I dedicated to the visual arts in 1980 even though I didn't know it. With Capitol and Warner Brothers Records hiring me, a torn jeans, rock t-shirt wearing novice freelancer with Rolleiflex twin lens and Nikkormat 35mm cameras in St. Louis. Then, being the first full time lab tech for a custom color and salon quality B&W photographic lab in Massachusetts I learned fine-tuned printing skills. With a continuing desire to learn, I apprenticed with the lead photographer for Brookstone Stores catalogues outside of Boston, working with medium and large format cameras, set design/styling, the art of still life imagery. Then settling in at a portrait, commercial and wedding studio with in house printing in New Hampshire. With a PP of A membership, training through at Winona School of Photography, NEIPP (New England Institute of Professional Photography) and good ol' OJT (on the job training) Hasselblad, Mamiya and Rapid Omega cameras became extensions of my eyes and my hands. In the 1990s, I went home to Louisiana joining as a studio partner with an ex-husband to be. With a high end portrait studio, social events of The South - Cotillion, Debutantes, Mardi Gras, weddings and more were the daily calls.
With the advancement of the digital camera evolution, I decided to take a ten year hiatus, becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist/instructor. However, the call of a camera and the digital age found its way into my hands. With it, came a discovery in the freedom in 'seeing' in a completely different way. Now, working with Nikon equipment and primarily Adobe software, the world of imagery is ever so present. Unlimited in expression!
I have been recognized as an artist, with three solo exhibitions and two group exhibitions in 2015.
The opportunity is to realize the story of the moment...be it of a machine, flower, person, building, suspended moments for public relations, photojournalism, art, advertising, events or whatever the need may be.
Photography...it changed my life.