“Themes of my black and white images have included characteristics of Maine, the environment in which we live, the human figure, the language of trees, people of the world, and faces. Most of my color images are abstractions in nature and often with the use of reflections in bodies of water or rain. All of these have to do with instinct, inspiration and seeing – nothing complicated, just very ‘right brain’.
Recently I have begun a more thoughtful process of using multiple images and overlay with faces and individuals, usually in black and white to emphasize a mood or story. In this body of work I find the need for a different type of creativity to enhance a person’s story rather than presenting an image with a story in its visual simplicity as it was presented to me. As a former therapist, this feels a bit presumptuous so I strive to create a balance of respect for the person and creativity. In addition, another more recent body of work is experimenting and taking chances with color and optimistically prompt a mood by ‘playing’ with water and the creatures that live in it.”
Carol MacLeod is a native of Maine and up until a couple of years ago, worked in the field of psychiatric nursing and education where the art of listening was critical. Now, she is able to devote time and energy to the creative processes of photography and oil painting and further develop the art and skills of seeing.
Carol has studied photography at Maine College of Art, Maine Media, and Santa Fe Workshops. Her work has been published in Black and White Magazine, Color Magazine, The Zephyr, the University of New England’s Literary and Artistic Journal and The Sun. She has been in a number of juried group and individual shows in Maine and New Hampshire and most recently, in the Maine Photography Show, 2015, where she won first place for color photography. Carol has been represented in 45 Degrees Gallery, MacLeod/Woodman Gallery, Crow Hill Gallery and is presently a juried member at The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit.