Curtis is a fine art photographer with deep experience in commercial and magazine assignments. He maintains a stock photo business, and offers classes and coaching in photography and image editing software here in the Gallery and in other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Arkansas.
Attraction to the camera came early, and my parents helped me create a darkroom in our farmhouse when I was in the fourth grade. Waiting until nightfall and putting blankets over the windows transformed it into a place where I could explore the magic of turning a fleeting perception into something that could be held, studied, and shared. The excitement took hold and endured. As the years brought a series of moves along with college, a “day job,” and family, my passion for photography grew as I came to better understand its power to communicate independent of time and space.
I want my work to stir the emotions and bring awareness of the viewer’s own memories. Sometimes they contain people or suggest their presence; other times they show only a bit of Creation itself. Most compositions are simple ones that invite the eye to linger on the subject and the mind to draw meaning from it. I teach my students that everyone can learn to “see” better – to notice things that they used to miss, and to see how objects, light, and shadow can be arranged to draw and hold the viewer’s interest. I hope that my work attracts your eye, and leads you to see something new.