World class photographer Eric Martin spent his early years in Texas and became fascinated with photography at a young age. This interest grew and he quickly discovered that it was his calling in life.
Many years later, while attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, that Eric, an emerging artist would purchase the first camera of his extensive collection - a 35mm Canon.
The eager novice applied his talent and developed his expertise in the science and art of creating images. Eric’s eye matured and his life’s passion became a career. Although originally a photojournalist, he migrated to portrait photography. Eric relished the connection and interaction with his subjects during his first stint as a fashion photographer in France and Belgium.
During his years in Europe, he experimented extensively with outdoor portraiture, utilizing the continent’s vast natural and architectural features as a backdrop. Eric’s research and fastidious documentation of techniques attenuated his mastery in use of natural and enhanced artificial lighting throughout the day cycle. This experience is a valued and practical asset in Hawai‘i's unique and challenging sunlight.
The island of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i is now Eric’s home. He and his extended ‘ohana feel connected to the many Hawaiian cultural traditions. In particular, the Hawaiian belief of pono, or righteousness. With an overwhelming sense of gratitude, he strives to balance a hectic work schedule with altruistic activities.
Eric Martin is a formidable advocate and activist for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. He volunteers weekly at Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu and also at Waimea Valley on O‘ahu’s North Shore.