Hi! I’m Cattie Coyle; welcome to my home on the web! Please enjoy your stay, and if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!
I'm inspired by the world around me, by the quality of the light, and the stillness that can exist in the midst of chaos. And when there is no stillness at first glance, you can find it by looking really close at minute details of a plant, for example, and mentally shut the chaos out.
I think my quest for peace, quiet and stillness comes from a chaotic childhood. My Dad was a "life of the party" kind of guy, an engineer but also a talented artist. There was always a million things going on at home; you never knew what was coming next, or if what had been promised one day had completely changed the day after. I think I partly turned to photography as a way to control my surroundings; when you look through the viewfinder, that's all you see, and you can choose what your universe looks like.
Another reason I picked up photography in my early teens was my horrible eyesight. Before anyone realized I needed glasses, I either saw everything as a pretty, colorful, blurry haze, or looked at things extremely close up, focusing on the tiniest details. How something felt (emotionally) was more important than how it looked. I also discovered early on that the quality of the light plays a huge part in how we perceive something (just think of the steely blue of the north Atlantic in winter versus the turquoise hues of the Caribbean Sea), and studying light became as important, if not even more so, than “looking at things”.
Doing this for years shaped my view of the world - I continue to look at everything this way. Rather than seeing something as a whole, I focus on patterns, details, how colors blend together, and the changing appearance of the light over the course of days and seasons.
Even though I didn’t start taking pictures until I was in my teens, photography was always in my life. Both my father and grandfather were avid amateur photographers, and there was no shortage of cameras (and artistic critique and encouragement) around the house. I discovered early on that it was the perfect medium to capture and share my view of the world with others.
After spending many years “shooting for fun,” I went to photography school to learn the bits I didn’t know. I graduated from New England School of Photography (NESOP) in Boston, MA in 1994.
I currently divide my time between Massachusetts and Sweden.
About the Art
My photos, though most often realistic in style, are not necessarily about a particular item or place, but rather the feeling they evoke. They are often described as tranquil and soothing; images that carry you away, and I love hearing that. It’s exactly what I want them to do.
My images have been featured in books, magazines, calendars and advertising world wide. I am a member of APA (American Photographic Artists) and proud supporter of several marine conservation organizations.
To see my work, please visit www.ccoylephotography.com
Prints are available at https://www.cattiecoylephotography.com
Stock Photography/Commercial Use
Some of the photos on my site are available for stock or commercial use - some directly from me, some through the stock agencies I work with. If you would like to use any of my photos, contact me with the usage details and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
The images on this website are not to be reproduced or published in any way without an Image Usage License. Printed photo products are sold on the condition that they are not to be reproduced. Digital Downloads include specific Image Usage Licenses. Cattie Coyle retains all rights to all photographs.