Exploring Eclectic Perspectives in Images and Words


Martha Retallick is a Tucson-based documentary photographer and journalist.

She’s drawn to documentation projects that feature people in action. They’re building and renovating houses, creating or improving landscapes, and making and fixing things. Or they’re celebrating life passages like weddings, exhibiting vintage cars, competing in bicycle races, or just pedaling around town.

In addition to documentation, Martha enjoys photographing nature. She’s currently working on a book that features the best of her nature photography. You can track the book’s progress by subscribing to her monthly newsletter.


From construction project documentation to weather monitoring, nature photography to language learning, and engineering research to low-cost landscaping, Martha Retallick’s diverse interests are on display here.

Documenting Construction

This is what happens when you buy a house that needs a lot of work…

The Accidental Birder

Doves teach me how to photograph birds.

Documenting My Yard

Gaining photography skills by focusing up close on backyard magic…


What will you find in Martha’s eclectic blog? Just about anything! She started blogging in 2007 and still hasn’t run out of things to write about.

Here are the latest posts:

Blogging My Book: Notes on Aesthetics

Blogging My Book: Notes on Aesthetics

Earlier this month, I talked about the physical dimensions of my forthcoming book. Thinking about dimensions raises larger questions about aesthetics, which I will address in this post. A mentor advised me to ask myself these questions about the books I’ve been using in my…


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