Deb Dawson developed her narrative voice at SALT Institute of Documentary Studies. Through contemplative observation, she photographs the working lives of maritime communities with honesty and integrity. She was introduced to Maine 30 years ago while honing her photographic eye at Maine Media Workshops + College before completing her BFA in Photography at the University of Southern Maine. Later, Dawson embarked on a series of adventures including earning her merchant mariner captain’s license, working as an archaeological and museum photographer in Carthage, Tunisia, and a decades-long career in graphic design. These varied experiences helped shape and provide meaning to her current work documenting the changing landscape of Maine’s coastal communities.