From the time I captured the photograph of my Aunt Martha holding my brother with a simple point and shoot camera, I was mesmerized by the photographic process and soon learned how to use filters and camera motion to create effects. Shortly before graduating from high school I purchased my first 35mm camera, a Minolta SRT 102, and went off to Kean College (now Kean University) as a Fine Arts major with a specialization in photography. During that time period, my printed black and white and color work was displayed in many juried art shows and in Art galleries.
With the advent of the Internet, my work has gradually shifted towards a more digital platform even though I still love the luster of the silver print. Perhaps one day, I will be able to merge digitally created images with the darkroom to produce silver prints.
Since my last photographic exhibition in the 1980’s, I have continued to photograph people and objects, but the subject matter was of a more personal nature. For example, my travels in Greece provided an opportunity to document the evolution of the country over a period of 40 years. This collection runs from a period where many people had no phone or electricity, to the present when technology is ubiquitous. Some of that work is displayed on my website highlighting the progression.
During my teaching career with the Newark Public Schools I developed and managed Technology High School’s website from 1999-2016. In 2001, Photographybymariasavidis.com was launched. The site has recently undergone major renovations and continues to evolve as a format for sharing my photography with a global population.