Causeway Club Exhibit Features Martel’s Photos

A show featuring the work of photographer Mary Ellen Martel has opened at the Causeway Club barn in Southwest Harbor.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Look around at most community events in Southwest Harbor and chances are there will be a white-haired woman with a camera busy snapping away from the sidelines. Mary Ellen Martel has been documenting the town and its people since she bought her first 35mm camera secondhand in the early 1970s.

Ms. Martel primarily used that first camera to take photos of children – she worked, as she does now, at a preschool. Before long she was developing film and printing black-and-white photos in the darkroom she set up in an upstairs bathroom.

“It’s now an addiction,” she said. “If I don’t take a hundred pictures a day I feel I haven’t worked.”

Ms. Martel’s photographs have appeared in local newspapers, in the Southwest Harbor annual town report and in galleries. She also is the official photographer for the Southwest Harbor Fire Department, for Harbor House, and for the Kisma Preserve in Trenton. Her latest show, which features 35 photographs, opened last week in the Causeway Club Barn on Fernald Point Road in Southwest Harbor.

Ms. Martel doesn’t limit herself to one type of subject. Her work includes landscapes, portraits, action shots and animal photos.

“I like lots of different things,” she said. “I haven’t been able to limit myself to one thing.”

Photography provides Ms. Martel with a break from her day-to-day problems and routines as she focuses on capturing a particular image.

“That all disappears when I go out to take pictures,” she said. “It feels really good.”

The show was the idea of Larry Hudgens, who is general manager of the Causeway Club. Many of the photos on display are of the club and its grounds. The barn is open daily from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Causeway Club at 244-7220 or contact Ms. Martel by e-mail at [email protected].

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander