Martha Casey-Dirker


Martha Casey-Dirker is a working mom with three children who manages to squeeze in time to take photographs of locales in and around the mountain communities. Martha was given her first camera and light meter at age 9 by her father. Her subject matter ranges from wild flowers to scraggly old ponderosas and windblown pinon pines, remnants of earlier residents are featured, old stone homes, rusty corrugated steel shops and old out buildings, cattle ramps and corrals dilapidated and crumbling. Beautiful rock formations painted yellows and greens from mosses and lichen, stained shades of red from iron and blemished with the green oxidation of copper. The rolling hills of Gorman and the backside of Mil Potrero are littered with lupine, poppies, paint brush, crossed by rustic old wood and broken barb wire fences. Open vista and panoramas from Mt. Pinos and Mt. Able leave us breathless. The coloring Martha captures in photography illuminates the striking imagery. Her photos could easily be the subject of oils and water colors or pastels. Martha describes her work thus: “My photography is about capturing the beauty of nature, of landscapes and culture, and of moments in time with natural portraits. I’m inspired by weather and light and texture and fleeting moments. My job is to take my vision and to translate it into a photo that evokes passion in people, about translating a vision that cannot be put into words”.