Indiana Mennonites 1st View of Ocean

Indiana Mennnonites 1st View of Ocean, Acadia National Park, Maine, 1981.  ©2015 Marilyn Suriani

Archival Pigment Print, Vintage Image:

8” x 12” :  $700 (editions of 10)

10” x 16 :   $900 (editions of 10)

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We were on vacation in Maine. I wanted to take some good pictures while on a break from Portfolio Center where I was studying photography.

It was a dreary day at Acadia National Park. I left my camera in the car and we walked down to the water’s edge. I noticed these women getting out of a VW van in the parking lot. They were walking towards us. They began to take their shoes off and located themselves as you see here. I spoke to the woman closest to me who said this was the first time they had seen the ocean. I ran back to the car to get my camera, saw the van and realized they were from Indiana. They stood and stared for about twenty minutes allowing me to get the shot. It is one of my favorite classics of all time. My photo instructor liked it too.—Marilyn Suriani


Marilyn Suriani’s 35-year career has produced highly coveted fine art, world class portraits and stunning documentaries. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of museums, corporations, private individuals, and in high-profile public spaces worldwide, including two large-scale commissioned permanent exhibits at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Most recently, one of the largest original photographs on glass in Atlanta, Liquid Emerald a water image at 10’ x 28’, has been installed in the valet lobby at 3350 Peachtree Street in Buckhead, Atlanta.

Marilyn was chosen as an artist-in-residence at the L’Ecole de la Photographie in Arles, France, and has been honored by the governor of Georgia for her “significant contributions to the visual arts.” Her work continues to be highlighted in national and international magazines, including Photo Vogue, Black and White, Camera Arts, South x Southeast, Zeit, Moda and Cliche.

Marilyn’s current works include Self Portrait, an ongoing project, depicting aging and mortality as the body changes; Suriani Women, portraits of women of all ages enabling women to feel confident and esteemed; and her newest work reflecting the change in her environment from country to city.

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