CPA depends on our devoted volunteers and without their support, we would not be able to offer our world class exhibitions and innovative programming. They come from from diverse backgrounds and photographic interests and serve as gallery docents, assist at receptions, receptions and gallery installations. CPA’s hard working volunteers make the difference!

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I enjoy greeting and talking to visitors and members about the exhibits that I get to know so well, seeing them every week as a docent.

When I belonged to The Friends of Photography, I think I entered a juried show with a couple of wrinkled black and white photos done with my twin-lens Rollei and Weston meter. I could expose with the Zone System, develop and print in my bathroom darkroom, but never mastered the mounting business. When we moved to Big Sur, I had a better darkroom and lugged around a bigger Rollei with extra backs and lenses. A lot of my drawings and photographs from those years are in the Historical Society’s “Recipes for Living in Big Sur” and “Big Sur Women”, published later with a friend.

Finally, along came digital photography and Photoshop, what I must have always been looking for to combine and make connections among my collection of words and images and Ideas for paintings and collages – a way to put it all together and try out endless variations that is much faster than painting or Kodalith and silkscreen which I used to do.

Now that I spend most of my time in Pacific Grove and carry my iPhone on evening walks along the shore I have been taking and working variations on those shaky pictures since way before there were so many apps, and it became official iphoneography. One was even selected for last year’s web gallery – – – I’m so lucky.

My imagery reflects my ideals about beauty and emotional connections, and horses are my favorite source for inspiration. I am a spectator in their world, awaiting the moment to capture the splendor of the unbridled horse in motion, their interactions among the herd, or their relationships within the human world. Through my lens I witness the equine spirit: powerful, noble, yet willing to please. Sometimes that capture is enough, though other times I create a Photomontage that sets the stage to a world with no boundaries which blends my fascination with woodland areas and the free spirit of the running horse. A moment born through my imagination, and their being.

I grew up back East–New York, New Jersey–where I was the photographer for my high school yearbook. Now I split my time between homes in Pacific Grove and Boulder, with a “backwards” schedule of wintering in Colorado.

Just as I went from English major to Systems Analyst at a DA’s office, my photography is unpredictable. As a matter of fact, the breadth of my subjects would tax that old standby, the 30-second elevator pitch.

I’ve found being a member and docent at CPA means sharing with others the appreciation of photographic prints. I feel such fellowship, both among ourselves and with the public, also inspires and validates our own work.

I should add that my mother was an early docent at Tor House and Hawk Tower, Robinson Jeffers’ hand built stone structures. I’d like to believe that as a docent at CPA I’m continuing with her selfless contribution to the arts.

Some of my favorite things:

Platinum-palladium prints, whispering their faint 19th century secrets;
The hubbub from people filling the CPA gallery on opening night;
The lambent glow of the Milky Way over Spanish Bay;
The moist, enveloping neutral gray of morning fog;
My heavy, but fast, Leica f/1.2 Nocticron lens;
Bars of 100% dark, organic chocolate;
Mo, my black and white tuxedo cat

Photography has been part of my life since my teen years when I discovered what we now call “street photography.” Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand and many others inspired me to walk the urban environment and make photographs. This early love remains with me after more than fifty years of photos.

When we moved to Monterey volunteering at the Center for Photographic Art seemed obvious. CPA membership and volunteering provide unique access to some of the world’s great photography and those who make it. Here I get to see the work of the best of the best and listen as they discuss their pictures, including why and how they made them. As a result my photographs, and creativity, have markedly improved since joining and volunteering at CPA.

But the camaraderie and mutual support among CPA volunteers and staff continues to be a bonus for me. Volunteer time at CPA always provides a few laughs and never feels like work. I have enjoyed every day and each new experience it provides.


I joined CPA shortly after deciding to make a serious effort to improve my photography. I found the members’ nights, lectures, workshops and exhibits very valuable. Most important of all, however, was meeting all the very talented people who are associated with the CPA. It didn’t take me long to realize how lucky we are to have this organization in our area. The natural next step was to volunteer, not only to help support the CPA, but also to spend more time with all the great people there. I look forward to volunteering at many events in the years to come.

As for my photography, I think of myself as a black and white fine art photographer. What it really is about can be summed up by quoting the lyrics of a Pink Floyd song: “When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse/Out of the corner of my eye/I turned to look but it was gone/I cannot put my finger on it now…”. To me, that fleeting glimpse is Beauty, or Truth, or the Divine Spark…call it what you will. I hope one day I can express through my photography just a bit of that fleeting glimpse and share it with my viewers.

(Matt is the President of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Photographic Art.)

Jeannie Marino


I have been drawn to photography since grade-school. It is accessible, beautiful, and expressive. When I saw a movie of the work of Edward Weston, I dreamed of learning more. Delightfully I moved to the Monterey Peninsula, and found the Center for Photographic Art, Carmel. CPA offers me an avenue that nurtures my creativity. As a docent I appreciate the opportunity of learning directly from the exhibiting photographer when we gather as a group for the docent lectures. It is such an intimate and insightful experience. I am thrilled to meet and know today’s photographers who continue to shape this incredible art form.

I believe that art should be explored, shared and touched. That is the embodiment of CPA. I believe in CPA, their mission and the people involved who believe in photography and in the artists they present. I feel lucky to be a part of a group that proudly follows in the footsteps of a long-lived and impressive community made up of the most renowned figures in photography. I also appreciate that CPA encourages learning and exploring through the many workshops that are within reach of the community and students. My docent and volunteer time may be a small contribution, but I am happy to do what I can to help CPA thrive.

A Shared Adventure:

Our venture into photography started in earnest when we both retired, Jim after a career in aviation, and Cile as an RN. Having lived in and around the Santa Cruz mountains, and currently in the Monterey Bay area, we are now free to immerse ourselves in exploring, photographing, and sharing the beauty of the area.

We both appreciate CPA as a vitally important resource that carries forward the rich tradition and creativity of West Coast photography. Extraordinary exhibits and workshops, along with the friendly association with people of shared interests are among the reasons we are excited to be here.

Tracy Morrison

I moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1978 and have been a part of the photographic community since then. I have always considered my role within the photographic community to be one of support, encouragement and, in any way possible, inspiration. I have served on numerous boards and committees for many nonprofit organizations since I became a resident of the area. In the field of photography I was the co-executive producer with Mary Green on the film The Roots of California Photography: The Monterey Legacy. I served on the CPA Board of Trustees for six years. I am married to Huntington Witherill. I enjoy my contribution to CPA as a docent because I believe that it plays a part in the continual strength and growth of the photographic community as well as our overall community here on the Monterey Peninsula.

I was born in Grand Rapids, MI where I lived until 2008 when I moved to Monterey, CA. Inspired by the coastlines of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Big Sur, I began exploring the medium of photography as a way to capture the beauty that surrounded me.

My early photography was almost exclusively still life and landscape work that incorporated very little, if any, human elements. As my interests progressed I began to recognize that I was drawn to human images in a way I had never recognized. In many ways I think it was my background in social science, combined with my own extremely social personality that led me to take such an interest in capturing the human form. I began looking for interesting people around me to photograph and started studying the portraiture of both historical greats and the current generation of creatives. I tried to understand what it meant to actually capture the essence of a person. I wanted to find ways to create artistic images that didn’t involve heavy levels of manipulation but instead presented an authentic expression of the uniqueness of each person photographed. As part of this, my interest has been drawn to focus on street photography as my main passion while also incorporating portrait projects into my work

Maria Prince

Several years ago, we, at Image Makers, were asked to help the Center for Photographic Art, by becoming docents and volunteers. I answered, and have since enjoyed being part of the CPA community.

I like to think of myself as a black and white photographer. From composing the image, to developing the film, to seeing the image appear in the developing fluid, it is pure magic.

For the last few years, I have also approached digital photography. Since I am totally inept in Photoshop, I prefer to take images that require very little manipulation. But the creative part of me continues enjoying photography. However, whether in black and white or digital, I am attracted by abstracts. Trying to make sense of a detail is challenging. Whether I succeed or not, the simple act of seeing beyond the obvious is thrilling.

I built my first darkroom over 60 years ago, and have loved photography ever since. At the CPA, I have been on the Board of Trustees and coordinated the 2014 IJE. I’ve given lectures, workshops, portfolio reviews and photo critiques. These days you may find me behind a video camera capturing events for the CPA archives. But mostly you’ll interact with me by way of the CPA’s website, which I designed, implemented and host.

I’m a Member Photographer here, and a past instructor of photography at the graduate school of Academy of Art University. My photography has been in galleries and museums, and, I’m honored to say, even hung on the walls of The Center for Photographic Art. In my past life, I did video and multimedia work for Sony, Disney, National Geographic, NOAA, NIMH, McGraw Hill and PBS, among others. In 1978 I was hired by Apple Computer and have been a Macintosh consultant for the past 41 years.

I find photography an endless journey, and try continually to push my photographic vision further. I particularly enjoy striving for ever better prints, and honing my skills at that craft. The talent and enthusiasm of members of the CPA is a constant source of inspiration. I may be an old guy, but all this keeps me young.

We all know Jack. Right? He’s the guy at all the CPA events with the smile on his face and the camera in his hand. Jack is the man we fondly refer to as “The CPA Official Photographer.” And yet, every picture he takes at a CPA event is a donation. Jack volunteers to photograph at almost every CPA event be it an exhibition opening, a workshop, a lecture, a members’ night, or the auction. The only reason Jack does not photograph at a CPA event is because he is a part of the event and then someone else is taking pictures of him!

Let’s send out a great big “THANK YOU!” to Jack for recording so much of what has happened at CPA over the past few years. Take a look at the CPA website if you want to see what Jack has contributed. It’s impressive! Jack… you make us all look good and we appreciate that! And with that smile on your face, it’s obvious that you’re having a good time taking pictures of all of us!

Jean Wells

When I’m with my camera I feel like a child again, seeing everything for the first time. Nothing is familiar but I am drawn to what I don’t know. Then SNAP!. This is my perfect place. This awakening most dominant when I traveled. I have found the extraordinary in the ordinary, just like a six year old. SNAP! I awaken to the moment to experience uniqueness. 

Eventually this experience followed me home on a cloud covered gray day on Weston Beach at Point Lobos. It isn’t a beach either. It was a pile of rocks. I was ready to head home. I picked up my camera bag lying next to me, when I discovered a face staring up at me from the rock I was standing on. I zoomed in on the time weathered rock that looked to me like a sleeping warrior. As I walked away, I found another face and another and another. If I saw the eyes, I saw the face and my shutter released. I felt history had buried itself in a natural rock museum called Weston Beach. I was surrounded by Native Americans, children, animals, women and warriors. I stayed for three hours.

I realized I don’t have to travel far to find the extraordinary. I found the magic of the dance of light, shape and color on the rocks on a cloudy day. I found the story. My perfect place turned out to be seven miles from home.

To me, a photograph is just waiting to be noticed.