Marty Kittrell’s landscape photography depicting Mississippi’s heritage and culture seeks to glorify God’s creations.
Fifty of his stunning photos will be displayed at Mississippi College’s Gore Gallery throughout October. The public is invited to meet the Vicksburg-based artist at an October 27 reception at the gallery on the Clinton campus. The event that Saturday runs from 10 a.m. until noon and coincides with MC’s 2018 Homecoming.
At one point, Kittrell was shooting about 70,000 photos each year. But only 400 pictures landed in the Mississippian’s professional portfolio.
With camera in hand, Marty witnessed many sunsets towering above the Mississippi River in Vicksburg. He’s often traveled to Claiborne County in Southwest Mississippi to capture scenes of the Windsor Ruins or Grand Gulf State Park.
On his way to New Orleans by boat, he shot photos of 13-foot alligators in swamps. He loves to take pictures of Civil War memorials at Vicksburg’s National Military Park, and show scenes of abandoned rural churches. Photos of Mississippi Delta sunflower fields are among his favorites that will be in the show at MC.
“He is a wonderful photographer whose work shows the beauty of God’s creation,’’ says Gore Gallery director Randy Jolly.
All 50 photos are printed on metal at the Gore Gallery show that begins October 10. “This process makes the color pop and gives the work a wonderful depth,’’ Jolly says.
Kittrell worked as a presentation editor at “The Vicksburg Post’’ for 20 years. He’s now a staffer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Technology and Development Center in Vicksburg. Marty and his wife, Karen, a registered nurse, are the parents of two children, and one grandchild.
Faith remains a big part of his life. The University of Mississippi alumnus serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church Vicksburg.
Kittrell’s photography ministry is titled “How Great Thou Art.’’ To see more of his works, got to his page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/martykittrellphotography.
The Gore Gallery at 199 Monroe Street in Clinton is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free.