The artist behind the photos in the Shockley Honda Art Gallery is Marc Weinberg. His Collection is displayed and for sale in the Shockley Honda waiting room.
Marc Weinberg was born prematurely in Cleveland, Ohio, in early 1948. His eyesight always has been a problem. He was very nearsighted, and his right eye was “lazy.” Premature babies, at that time, were placed in incubators of pure oxygen. When removed from the incubator, their delicate retinas sometimes were damaged. Marc’s right eye was damaged, and, as a result, he uses his left eye almost exclusively.
His sight had certain benefits, however. Marc could see clearly from about an inch away. He never needed a magnifying glass. Details, patterns, and shapes in ordinary objects were fascinating. He loved seeing things unnoticed by others. And, his perceptions really were different because almost all of his sight came through his brain’s right hemisphere, which, as we know, is primarily involved in non-analytical, artistic, and intuitive tasks.
In 1959, his parents bought him his first camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, for a family trip to Niagara Falls. The camera was very simple. All you had to do is look through the plain viewfinder and press the shutter button. He was hooked! So began his lifelong love of photography! Soon, he started using his Dad’s Argus C2 35mm rangefinder and then moved on to single lens reflex cameras. In those days, all camera settings had to be set manually. He even had to use a separate light meter. Unlike today, he had to manipulate the camera to get what he saw in his mind, through his imperfect eyesight. In short, he learned the art and science of photography.
Those early years taught Marc the most important thing about photography. It’s what’s behind the viewfinder that counts most — the brain. Great images can be taken with a simple Brownie, and poor images can be taken with a Nikon F. Cameras don’t take pictures, brains do. We need to learn how to use the camera, an imperfect tool, to capture our artistic vision to the best of our abilities.
No matter the subject, Marc always looks for images that provoke a “Wow!” Wows occur any time we see something that we recognize as special. The Wow starts the creative process, and framing and exposing the subject to best capture a still evolving artistic vision naturally follows. That’s where technical photographic knowledge comes into play.
But, that’s just the beginning. In today’s digital world, all images have to be developed in the digital darkroom. Development requires a mastering of very powerful tools mixed in with a good dose of common sense. It’s very easy to ruin an otherwise good image.
For the last six years, Marc has taught photography at Frederick Community College. He also is a resident artist and instructor at The Griffin Art Center in Frederick, MD. Marc’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions extensively throughout Frederick, MD, Carlisle, PA, and Baltimore, MD. He is represented in Carlisle by The Garden Gallery, and is a juried member at The Artists’ Gallery, Frederick’s oldest gallery, as well as the Carlisle Arts Learning Center. His art is held in personal collections and is on permanent display at PNC Bank’s Baltimore headquarters building. He also has taught photography workshops at the Rehoboth Arts League in Rehoboth Beach, DE. For two years, Marc was a contributing photographer for The Frederick Magazine and Montgomery Life Magazine. He provides professional photography services throughout the Frederick and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas.