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Art’s interest in photography started while attending college in New Orleans, a place where history, texture, color and rhythm is a part of the visual experience of everyday life. Following college Art moved to Florida where he pursued a formal art and photography education and apprenticed as a photographer’s assistant. In 1993, he launched Art Maples Photography to further his interest in commercial and fine art photography.
Art's commercial projects have included product and portrait photography for local and national clients, while his fine art pursuits center around black and white, and infrared still life and landscape images. This work has included a project documenting the rebirth and restoration of the historical McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, Florida, and another that captured the forgotten and hidden infrastructure left from the Cold War. In "Ghosts of the Cold War" Art worked entirely with a traditional large-format view camera and black and white, and infrared film in an attempt to capture the unique and eerie nature of these decommissioned or abandoned sites.
In 2014 Art and his family relocated to Denver, Colorado and the beauty and wonder of the American West is bringing new inspiration to his photography.