Mary Buck Fine Art Photography includes photographs from Cuba and Paris. Mary also has a a line of images "Message in a Petal" which are floral photographs with inspirational images. Mary sells her images online and has gallery shows at her studio in Duluth.
Below is an article that appeared in the Gwinnett Daily Post in 2017
I have always been fascinated with Cuba and wanted to travel there for 20 years,” Duluth photographer and arts leader Mary Buck said. “After my last child finished college, I decided it was time to make my dream come true.”
Buck heard about famed photojournalist Peter Turnley, who led photography tours of Cuba. She signed on for his six-day trip in December along with seven others eager to explore both the craft of photojournalism and the beauty of Cuba.
“I have been a photographer for a long time, but what I learned about photographing the Cuban people, I will cherish forever,” Bucks said. “Turnley reiterated just how important it is to include everything in the frame that tells your story. I used a 35mm fixed lens so I could photograph people close-up and interact with their eyes. That was most important for making a connection with them.”
Most of the Cuban people liked to be photographed.
“One Cuban woman said it made her feel special, that I would take the time to photograph her,” Buck said. “On my second day there, a lovely Cuban woman approached me and asked where I was from. When I said the U.S.A., she hugged me and told me she was so thankful for all that the U.S. was doing to help the people of Cuba.”
Most of the trip was spent in Havana, a city of 2.1 million people. Buck particularly liked the Old Havana section.
“There you will find many of the old classic cars, and (Ernest) Hemingway’s favorite drinking establishments, Sloppy Joe’s and El Florita,” Buck said “One of the most interesting spots is the Malecon, a broad esplanade along the coast in northern Havana. Nowhere else will you find the soul and heartbeat of this Latin American island. It attracts locals for a place to play music, read, talk and imbibe.”
The group also toured the Vinales Valley, which is three hours west of Havana. This afforded Buck a unique opportunity. The group approached a field where workers were picking tobacco and oxen were plowing the fields — a marvelous photo op. Their bus stopped, and the group was confronted with having to cross a chain link fence in order to get close enough for photography.
“For one fleeting second, I thought about how I was about to cross a barbed wire fence in a communist country, but I followed the pack and realized that you have to do what you have to do to get the shot.”
“What I love most about Cuba is its color palette of pastels bathed in the glow of the soft, tropical light. It is truly a photographer’s paradise in a totally out-of-the-box experience,” Buck said. “Six days was not enough for me to photograph the beauty of Cuba. I will be back.”