Layered Photography: Campbell showcases travels through photography

Savannah Chastain
This piece titled “Il Duomo,” depicts a cathedral by the same name in Florence, Italy.

Editor’s Note: The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is hosting the 19th annual Festival of the Arts at the MKAF Cultural Arts Village, October 25-26. The festival will feature 100 visual artists and The Log will be featuring select artists in the weeks leading up to the event.

Marty Campbell has been perfecting his photographic art for 15 years. A lifelong art lover, Campbell said his draw to the photographic medium was a natural event.  

“I’ve always been fascinated with it; all forms of art. I just kind of migrated to it,” said Campbell. “I studied art in college, but it actually had nothing to do with photography.”

Campbell shared that his formal studies focused on pottery, weaving, and aluminum sculptures, which he still dabbles in today, but it was photography that really launched his artistic career.

“I do High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, which is multiple shots at different exposure levels,” he explained. “I was one of the first in the area to do it but it’s really caught on and now a lot of people are doing it.”

Campbell said that the HDR process involves taking three to nine rapid-fire shots and then layering them together to seamlessly produce one image.

“This effect bumps up the color and luminosity and adds light into shaded areas,” he said. “It’s more what your eye picks up but a camera can’t.”

The result is clear in his work. The vibrant, bold colors entice the viewer to experience every detail in the landscape.

Campbell told The Log that it was while traveling in Egypt that he first realized his passion for photography.

“I was in Egypt and I wanted to make sure that I remembered every little detail,” he said. “I didn’t have a great camera then, but I was able to get a few good shots and I slowly progressed to the equipment I have now.”

Campbell showcases his extensive travels in his work with landscapes from all over Europe, the Middle East, Iceland and Hawaii.

“I’m just lucky,” he said when asked how he gets such opportunity to travel. “I’ve got a couple friends and we get together twice a year and we travel, we’ve been doing it since ’99.”

Campbell lives in Gulf Breeze, and his work can be viewed in his gallery at 3184 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., or online at