“Where are those old curled-up black and white photos I took back in the 60‘s with my Brownie box camera? Even as a child I loved the camera and carried mine almost everywhere. Getting back those photos with their white scalloped edges after mailing out the tiny rolls of film was magical to me. The ones I am longing for include those I took of the fishing shacks in Perkins Cove, Maine, back when it was a quiet artists’ colony. It wasn’t just the images of weathered cottages; my photos captured a moment in time and a feeling. Watching the artists painting the sea at their easels alongside old jalopies and beat up buses and vans inspired me. I went on to take drawing and pen and ink classes but always returned to photography. The passion stayed with me as I experimented with the instant gratification of the Polaroid to a series of Instamatics. When my first film SLR was stolen out of my car I was heartbroken, since it was full of front row concert photos of Joni Mitchell. I could get another camera one day, but I could never replace those images that captured the feeling of the music that night. The fact that I can now download my photos immediately instead of waiting to finish a roll is just one reason I now love shooting digital.
“Photography is so much about ‘seeing’ and not just taking snapshots. I still remember in college loving the Man Ray quote, ‘I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.’ I try capture all those things with my photography, and I know I will always be learning.”
Debra is a member of the Seacoast Artist Association in Exeter, the Newburyport Art Association and the NH Society of Photographic Artists. She is also a juried member of the NH Art Association as well as a board member. Her work has been accepted into the NHAA’s Annual Parfitt Photography Exhibition for the past five years, two of her photographs were accepted into their 2013 Joan L. Dunfey Memorial Juried Exhibition and one into the 29th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Open Juried Exhibition in 2015. In 2014 her “Purple Blanket” was awarded Best in Photography at the Newburyport Art Association Winter Juried Exhibition Part 1. She studied for six years with Robert Chiller of Chiller Photography in West Newbury, MA.
Debra works for the book publisher Red Wheel/Weiser in Newburyport, MA and has worked in the book industry for over 30 years. She lives in Seacoast NH with her husband, Terry Dostie, and four fantastic felines adopted from the NHSPCA.
How to Contact Me
North Hampton, NH
About my Art
Samples of Debra’s works (click any image for slideshow).