MFA @ Hospice of the Chesapeake

MFA offers our artist members the opportunity to exhibit at Gallery 90, a unique partnership created in 2013 between Hospice of the Chesapeake and Maryland Federation of Art, which is designed to assist in creating a harmonious work environment for the staff and volunteers as they care for hospice patients and their families and to demonstrate how artists are integral members of our communities.

This exhibition will be available to view online and the art on display will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Hospice of the Chesapeake and Maryland Federation of Art. Work may be purchased by calling MFA at 410-268-4566.

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Now exhibiting at Hospice of the Chesapeake through May 2024:

Steve Ember

Artist Bio

Steve Ember is a Washington-based photographer, writer,
and voice actor/narrator. In addition to his signature New
York (including many “SubwayScapes” integrating elevated
rail lines into views of the urban fabric), Baltimore, and
Washington cityscapes, his work also encompasses Alpine
landscapes, European, and American motifs, including a
large portfolio of many aspects of the Chesapeake Bay
Region, several of which are represented in this Gallery 90
All photographs in this exhibit are for sale by contacting
MFA. Steve can also supply other sizes for most photographs.
A lifelong photographer, Steve’s work has been honored over
many years with selection in numerous juried exhibits at galleries in the greater Washington area.
His photographs appear regularly at the Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis.
His work has appeared on covers and within magazines and corporate publications. An extensive
selection of Steve’s images can be viewed on the website Foto-Community by clicking on the
Photography button at and by visiting his catalog on 500px (link below).
Steve shoots both in color and black and white, including infra-red, and he remains
committed to using film, alongside digital. In exhibiting his work, Steve derives special pleasure
in sharing with others the fruits of those otherwise private moments of looking through the
viewfinder. He also enjoys sharing the experiences and adventures behind certain of his
photographs in a series of “Photo-Moments” audio productions. Some of these can be heard on
Steve’s SoundCloud page, linked below.
Steve’s work has been seen in solo and group shows at galleries, restaurants, and other
venues in the metropolitan Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas, as well as in Annapolis and Old
Town Alexandria, Virginia. He was commissioned for a series of black and white Washington scenes
for the Scitor Corp. office building along the Dulles Corridor. Three of his New York impressions
were purchased for the lobby of a condominium on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Others of his
photographs are in private collections. His New York black and white photograph “Romance by a
Fountain” was featured in the HMVC New York Gallery’s On-Line Group Show “The Sweet Life” and
was seen electronically in Times Square in October 2023.
Steve shares his home with Wookie, a lively and very talkative tabby-and-white rescue kitty
who also supervises the design and production of a line of custom-printed photo note cards.
Steve Ember is available for commissions and select assignments.
Learn more about Steve by visiting his website

Artist Statement

I am honored to have been asked to display a selection of my photography at Gallery 90, and I hope that the
selections I’ve made for this exhibit will enhance the environment of those who work here.
I have maintained a lifelong passion for photography, whether landscape, street moments, railroad and aviation subjects,
nature, portraiture, or my always willing and photogenic cat, Wookie.
While I reside in northern Virginia, my formative (and earliest camera-wielding) years were in Baltimore, and I continue to
enjoy photographing the wide variety of motifs here in the Chesapeake Bay region, and particularly love capturing water
level impressions, whether beneath the soaring spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge or in scenic coves along the expansive
waterscape of Annapolis.
Indeed, I selected many of the photographs for this exhibit to reflect some favorite aspects of Annapolis, Baltimore, and the
Chesapeake Bay Region but, as you’ll see, the geographical “spread” goes as far south as Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, as far
west as Sitka, Alaska, and as far east as London, Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands, Paris, Italy’s Lake Como, Switzerland’s
Canton Graubünden, and Heidelberg.
Another passion of mine is the visual variety, drama, and pulse (as well as quiet, sometimes poignant moments) that New
York City provides. I’ve loved New York since my earliest visits with my parents, including the incredibly complex Subway
system and its vital steel arteries on which so much of the city’s day-to-day life depends. I can honestly say I’ve never tired or
felt at all jaded in capturing that vibrancy.
I should mention that, while this exhibit is a pretty even mix of digitally captured and film images, I have loved shooting
film for decades, having begun my photographic journey when film was the only means of capturing an image. I’ve never
stopped loving that medium. Even after succumbing to the allure of the digital SLR in 2008, I have continued shooting film
alongside digital. I like to say it “keeps me honest” – that is, it forces me to be more deliberate in my shooting, and also to
remember all the relationships of f/stops, shutter speeds, and depth of field scales, that I’ve striven to master over the years…and
the fact that a roll of film represents a finite number of chances to “get it right.” I like to think that much of this has
managed to carry over into my digital shooting.
I’m not saying digital photography doesn’t depend on the same factors coming together, or that one cannot be “deliberate”
when shooting digitally. It’s simply that good results on film demand it. But shooting film also reminds me of the less hurried,
less technically “cold” times during which I was learning my craft. All of this is not to leave out something that I so love
about film – its textures and character. Passé? I don’t think so, not when one considers all the editing programs and in-
camera features out there designed to emulate film down to the specific types.
But whether shooting film or digital, the experience reminds me daily of what a rich life I have enjoyed since my parents
gave me my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, for my tenth birthday, and as I went on to acquire all the (by
definition!) more advanced cameras that have allowed me to advance my skills and which have accompanied me on trips,
local wanderings, and other enjoyable experiences.
I hope my images (or at least some of them!) convey the enthusiasm I feel when out with the cameras. But, truly, a very large
part of that pleasure is in being able to share with others the results of what is often a “solitary” process, whether shooting or
all the steps that follow. That is why it means a great deal to be able to share some of the fruits of those hours behind the
lens, whether on my various display sites, social media, or in actual physical exhibits. And I always enjoy answering
questions or sharing some of the adventures, the “back-stories” of favorite moments with the cameras, so if a photo of mine
inspires or arouses curiosity, do feel free to get in touch

Steve’s work is on display at the Hospice of the Chesapeake Offices. The exhibition is not open to the public, but may be viewed online.