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Mary Lou Christensen
Site #11
10 Boston Avenue

Color photography & notecards

“I never thought of myself as an artist until I was in my 40’s because I couldn’t draw.” Mary Lou became interested in photography when she was in her 30’s when she realized how much she enjoyed taking pictures while walking around her neighborhood and traveling abroad. This led her to taking courses at Cambridge Center for Adult Ed and eventually to New England School of Photography. The classes not only taught her composition and technique but stretched how she viewed a subject. “As I got more involved in photography, it gradually became a part of me. When I look through the lens, I slow down and really study a subject. It’s almost a form of meditation.”

Mary Lou’s photography is a mix of traditional nature photography and urban landscapes that focuses especially on texture, hues and patterns found in nature and in urban architecture.

Mary Lou has also exhibited her work at the North Cambridge Public Library, Habitat Nature Sanctuary in Belmont, the Lars Anderson Museum in Brookline, in the Mabray “Doc” Kountze Festival and West Medford Open Studios in Medford. She has participated in juried shows in Boston and Provincetown as well as a fundraising exhibit at Fort Point Channel in South Boston. Her work has been published in Boston Inns of Court Membership Book, Mason City Globe Gazette, Medford Transcript, North Cambridge News, Keyboard Magazine, and Cambridge Center for Adult Education catalog.

Actively involved in the community, Mary Lou is a member of the West Medford Open Studios’ founding committee, on which she has served for seven years, serving the last four years as Treasurer and Secretary. She encourages artists, neighbors, family and friends to patronize Open Studios weekend event. She believes that Open Studios is particularly welcoming to emerging artists who are serious about their work. “I was 35 years old before I began doing photography seriously,” she says, referring to her own transformation as a photographer. “I was in my 40’s before I would say I am an artist”.

When not pursuing her passion for photography, Mary Lou is a paralegal and investigator for Bingham McCutchen in Boston. She loves to walk in the Fells with her husband John and yellow lab Ellie.