Look Twice Photography by Curtis Essen
Creativity is innate. Find your outlet and tap it. You will be more happy. (Sometimes life gets in the way, but not always). It is there, write, paint, photograph, dance, sing, make music, act, sew, knit, make poetry, or any craft that captures your imagination, just share what you can express that is good. The fact that you are here in this vast universe is a miracle. Embrace it!!!
I take photographs of what intrigues me and captures my mind and imagination.
I live on the Central California Coast in The Village of Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County. There is so much beauty within grasp of here. My photographs are mostly of the Central California Coast and it's coastal mountains and valleys from Big Sur to Santa Barbara.
Open Studios Art Tour 2017 Oct. 14 & 15 and Oct. 21 & 22.
I will once again be participating in the county wide Open Studios Art Tour this year. This is a free event to the public put on by Arts Obispo to raise funds for promoting the arts in our county. The artists pay to participate so it is free to the public. If you have not taken the tour yet you are missing out on a great opportunity to see what artists in the county are creating. Local artists open their homes and studios to display our work. I will be showing in our 1919 Craftsman Bungalow at 529 Allen St. in the Arroyo Grande Village for both weekends of the tour from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on those dates at 529 Allen St., Arroyo Grande CA. This is a wonderful event and a great way to give your out of town friends and relatives a tour of the county with many interesting venues to visit.
Expanding my photography horizons
I will be leaving my day job in early January 2018 and focusing more on my photography from then on. This will give me the opportunity to do all the tweaks to my photography that have been sitting in the attic of my mind for many years. So looking forward to some of the great photo days that I had to go to my day job on, also setting up online ordering of my standard size prints and offering wall paper prints which I have played with in the past.
I am currently the resident artist at Phantom Rivers Wine tasting room 211 E Branch St in the Village of Arroyo Grande. These are for sale so come by and have a look and taste their award winning wines in a wonderful venue.
CJ's Café at 611 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande is always the best place to appreciate the impact of the full size prints of my photography and sample from their huge menu. This is where my largest prints are on display. CJ's has gone solar and has become more and more popular every year for a good reason, Great Food and a wide connection to the local community. Come by and enjoy great food. The photos in CJ's are not for sale off the wall, but you can look and contact me to order, and customize the size to fit your space.
Thank you Glenn, Kathy and the entire staff at CJ's.
My show at the ACI Jet Center at San Luis Obispo Airport is a permanent public display. The Jet Center is the terminal for private and chartered small aircraft arriving and departing. Feel free to stop in to have a look. These prints are for sale off the wall. Write a check made out to me for the price on the photograph leave it at the desk and take it away. They graciously take no commission and I decorate their space. We both win.
I would encourage you to stop by any of the venues that are listed here that are open to the public. The full size printed photographs are a quantum leap over what you can see on your computer. Also click on the link to Panoramio above to get an idea of the clarity and detail of some of the very large photographs.
About Me and my work
My father had an interest in photography and so I was given my first camera when I was 6 or 7 and by the time I was in 5th grade we had a darkroom set up in the house. During college I minored in photography while pursuing a carreer in diagnostic imaging. Decades later I began showing and selling my photographs in 2008 at the encouragement of friends and family.
I am currently shooting with a 50 megapixel Canon 5DS R. Many of the outdoor photos are taken in multiple exposures to capture the full dynamic range of the highlights and shadows. Many of the large format panoramas are a compilation of 30 to nearly 100 exposures and hours of editing. The very large format photographs are suitable for wall size murals.
I do my own printing primarily on canvas with a 44" wide Canon IPF 8400 printer, a 12 color printer using pigment based archival quality Canon ink. I make my own stretcher bars and stretch the canvas myself. The prices of my prints are low and the quality is higher than before because I do it myself. My monitor and printer are calibrated regularly.
My large stretched canvas prints are priced at 25¢/sq. inch. (Width x Height /4)
Now offering metal prints at 50 ¢/sq. inch. Printed on aluminum with incredible detail and durability. You can clean these with window cleaner if needed. Prints over 40" will have a crate shipping charge.
If you wish to order a print contact me via e-mail at:
805-748-3056 This is my cell phone # and I work full time as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist involved in hands on patient care and usually cannot answer so please leave a message. E-mail works best for me.