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Cattleya orchid detail 2020

Marc Kittner
Philadelphia, PA

About the Artist

Marc focuses on things that most people overlook, getting so close to a flower, for instance, that you feel almost inside it. Children take a flower and hold it 6 inches from their noses, inspecting it closely and without distraction. Adults do the same when exposed to a large image, their vision completely filled by a natural wonder. Marc has no formal training in photography; just experience over the last 45 years.

Marc is currently focused on botanical subjects primarily: ones where you can recognize the plant and ones where he is so close that the bloom becomes abstracted. He likes …

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About the Artist

Marc focuses on things that most people overlook, getting so close to a flower, for instance, that you feel almost inside it. Children take a flower and hold it 6 inches from their noses, inspecting it closely and without distraction. Adults do the same when exposed to a large image, their vision completely filled by a natural wonder. Marc has no formal training in photography; just experience over the last 45 years.

Marc is currently focused on botanical subjects primarily: ones where you can recognize the plant and ones where he is so close that the bloom becomes abstracted. He likes to know each specimen intimately. Marc takes his time with an individual subject each day, with multiple sessions over time, assessing different angles as it matures.

Marc takes most of his images in the field on location with natural lighting; his 105 mm macro lens allows him to focus while being only 12 inches from the subject. He occasionally uses a 28-300 mm zoom lens to get closer to a specimen when necessary. Images with “Stacked” in the title are composites; he takes multiple exposures of the subject at different focal lengths, then uses Zerene stacking software to create one crisp image.

Artist’s Work

Purple orchid stacked 2020
Marc kittner

Purple Orchid, Stacked. 2020

By Marc Kittner

Cattleya orchid detail 2020
Marc kittner

Cattleya Orchid Detail. 2020

By Marc Kittner

White orchid weatherford 2020
Marc kittner

White Orchid, Weatherford. 2020

By Marc Kittner

Bearded iris study
Marc kittner

Bearded Iris Study

By Marc Kittner

Wildflower weatherford 2020
Marc kittner

Wildflower, Weatherford. 2020

By Marc Kittner

Selected Exhibitions

  • Global Art Alliance Holiday On-line Art Exhibition
    New York, NY (Web Only), 2020
  • Lens Culture Black & White 2020 Competition Gallery
    Amsterdam (Web Only), 2020
  • Gallery 510
    Decatur, IL, 2020
  • Cape Cod Art Center
    Barnstable, MA, 2020
  • Jones Gallery Group Show
    Kansas City, MO, 2020
  • Texas Visual Arts Association
    Dallas, TX, 2020
  • Lens Culture 2020 Competition
    Amsterdam (Web Only), 2020
  • Plymouth Center for the Arts
    Plymouth, MA, 2020
  • Marin Society of Artists
    San Rafeal, CA, 2020
  • Jones Gallery Group Art Show
    Kansas City, MO, 2020
  • FotoFoto Gallery
    Harrison, NY, 2019
  • Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts
    Providence, RI, 2019
  • Kansas City Zoo Benefit Art Show
    Kansas City, MO, 2019

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
    Washington, D.C,1981 
  • University of Rochester, B.A. with honors
    Rochester, NY,1976