Curtis Essen - Look Twice Photography

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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.


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.


I currently have a very successful small show of some large prints at Branch Street Deli in the Village of Arroyo Grande at 203 East Branch St. that has generated lots of interest and sales. Come by for some great food and then head next door for a glass of wine at Phantom Rivers Wine Tasting Room next door to the Deli and see my show there also.

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.


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 at:
805-748-3056  E-mail works best for me.


Contact Info
AddressArroyo Grande, CA 93420
United States
Daytime phone805-748-3056
Evening phone805-748-3056
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Guestbook for Curtis Essen - Look Twice Photography
I really like to visit your site, cheers :)
The Morros album make a big impression on me :)
love my picture of Pismo cliffs put it in the frame today. thank you curtis
I do like Your work Curtis . Great point of view ! Real talent bro! Cheers
Nola Barnick(non-registered)
I came to your site directly from the Open Studio page. Your opening paragraph is a gift of encouragement and blessing. Thank you. I am very happy to see such beautiful work and to see photography receiving acceptance in so many venues. Congratulations.
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