The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Photo Associations & Memberships:
About Dottie Campbell
Dottie Campbell’s photographs are grouped in collections that study how motion, context, reflection, transparency, and focus abstract the “reality” of photographs. The world Dottie sees is a novel one composed of different kinds of realities. She has always been interested in the way visual arts can embody the abstract and the real in a single composition.
Her winning photograph for the National Geographic International Photography Contest in the Landscape category, "Black Buick Cottonwood", was an abstracted landscape reflected in a shiny black automobile. The photograph comfortably merges the abstract and the real. At lunch with the National Geographic judges, she learned there had been a difference of opinion about the photograph. Some judges felt the image was about the reality of the car, while others saw the abstracted landscape as the subject of the photograph. It was perfect! The judges were caught the dichotomy between the abstract and the real as expressed in Dottie’s photograph.
Dottie now finds photography the perfect medium for her kind of visual explorations. However, during her career in the visual arts, she has explored a wide variety of media. Photography has, in one way or another, played an important role in all of her work.
Studying with Hilton Brown at Goucher College in Maryland, Dottie honed her understanding of color relationships by creating photorealistic and abstract acrylic paintings. She went on to study color photography with Richard Jaquish at The Maryland Institute College of Art and it was here she learn to appreciate landscape photography and the nuances and beauty of the natural world.
Away from academia, Dottie Campbell referenced the color, light, and shadow of her photographs to create mixed media drawings that toured Japanese museums. She then worked with fibers to created a line of fine fiber crafts with inset photographic imagery. These fiber works were selected for the highly regarded American Craft Council shows in Baltimore, San Francisco and Newport, Rhode Island. An interest in the reflective qualities of metal inspired Dottie to investigate yet another medium and she created a line of anodized art jewelry that was exhibited at many fine craft venues in the mid-Atlantic. She used abstract photographic compositions of her own making to inform the color and structure of the jewelry.
The abstract photographic compositions that inspired jewelry revealed to Dottie the phenomenal possibilities of photography. When Dottie returned to making photographs, she began capturing images that reveled in abstraction and were an amalgam of the various art forms she had studied.
Dottie Campbell approaches photography as a multi-media artist. She feels the connection between photography and other art forms. Dottie uses her camera to interact with the world and her compositional ideas are captured in-camera. The digital darkroom is used for finishing and creating the final print. Pushing the technical limitations of the camera, Dottie finds beautiful and interesting image compositions everywhere. She is constantly refining her vision in order to discover them.
Dottie’s work in photography has been exhibited in many group shows in the United States. New York art critic, Vincent Katz, selected her work for a yearlong Critic’s Residency program at Maryland Art Place in Baltimore. Dottie’s photographs have been placed in the corporate collections of the Westin and Hilton hotels, Amazon, Inc., and PNC Bank, as well as in numerous private collections.