"Her Story"
Personal perspectives on life right now

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Six page full color Photo Essay

South Shore Living Magazine   July 2008


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The Boston Globe   February 2008


Color My World

Scituate Mariner and Marshfield Mariner   August 2005

There is no doubt that when Peggy Roth Major looks through the lens of her camera, she sees the beauty within the ordinary.

Not to mention plenty of color.

The Scituate resident and photographer's work splashes the gallery walls of Marshfield's Ventress Memorial Library with vibrant blues, reds and yellows.

Since the beginning of August, the 49-year-old photographer has had her exhibit "Earthly Delights" on display. It features both local and cross-country images of everything from the rising moon and rolling waves of Humarock to abstract views of flowers and sea shells.

Major, who notes she has a knack for composition, said the environment around her has been her calling for the perfect shot.

"Nature is what gives me inspiration," she said. "(The photos) are the voice to what I see in nature."

From the point and shoot of her digital camera to the point and click of her printer back home, Major has been able to pursue her passion for photography for nearly 30 years, developing her images for the public to enjoy and purchase.

Since her first solo show in 2001, Major has participated in many other exhibits and juried shows, and has won a number of awards for her photos - including three blue ribbons, two awards of excellence, five honorable mentions and two popular vote awards.

She has also become a member the Duxbury Art Association and the North River Arts Society which has helped represent and support her in all of her local exhibits so far.

Photography is not her day job, as Major relies on working an 8 to 5 job at Boston Gear in Quincy, a manufacturer of power transmission products.

"I can have it support me financially without corrupting my art," she said.

Major has lived in Scituate for the past 20 years, and also spent a portion of her childhood living in Martha's Vineyard, both being ideal spots for visual imagery and natural lighting.

"They talk to me, these places," she said about seeing photo opportunities while driving in her car, often withou being able to stop to take the photo. "But I remember them and know I will go back."

Major said she hopes her exhibit will help "awaken things inside people."

"You get such a wide spectrum of things to see," she said about her crisp, clear images of rolling hills, portraits of infants and children, and dewy leaves from her garden. "I just enjoy making people happy."

Her photos also include small poems that she wrote to describe her feelings about each image. She hopes to turn them into a "coffee table" book someday.

"When I am intuitive enough to capture that special moment, I instantly feel a sense of well-being and am intrinsically connected to life," she said in a statement. "These moments are the catalyst for my creative growth as an artist and a person."

Major continues to rely on the support of her family and friends as well as the inspiration of artists such as Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Weston, Galen Rowell and Walt Whitman.

Major has also been creating note cards, doing commercial work for local retailers and has two upcoming shows, one at the Pratt Memorial Library in Cohasset during November and December and Hingham Library's Clemens Gallery from Feb. 4 through March 2, 2006.

"Earthly Delights will be on display at Marshfield's Ventress Memorial Library until Sept. 23. For more information on her art, visit Peggy Roth Major's Web site at


It's All About the Detail

South Shore Magazine   Autumn 2003

Five images published


Major News

Scituate Mariner   October 2001

Puppies. Plants. Landscapes. Seascapes.

Scituate resident Peggy Roth Major likes to capture them all on film. Taking pictures is her passion.

Major has been a photographer for the past 25 years and during that time, her style has not changed. She has always been a nature photographer, and she said will remain a nature photographer as long as she is able to pick up a camera.

"I think my style is the same it always has been, it's just gotten more fine-tuned," she said. "My work always has and still does showcase my love for nature. I've always loved taking pictures outside, and I think nature is really the ultimate teacher."

Major is not the only one who enjoys her work - the public loves it too. At a recent solo show Major had at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, she sold a large portion of her work on display.

"It went better than I expected," she said. "For a long time, I was doing photography for my own selfish pleasure, and it was only recently that I decided to start showing my work." She added the show at the science center was her first one.

In additon to the successful show, Major has also been making "note cards" out of her photos, and she is selling them in stores across the South Shore in towns like Quincy, Hull, Scituate, Humarock, Cohasset and also in Boston.

At the same time, Major also has an extravagant web site illustrating many examples of her work. But her photography work isn't the only thing that fills her days. Major works at Boston Gear in Quincy during the day, but when she has free time, she heads outdoors with her camera and starts shooting again.

"I take my camera with me as much as possible," she said. "I'm always keeping my eyes open."

When she started taking pictures Major said she seemed to have a knack for spotting a good shot, and that has lasted throughout her career.

"Instinctively, I've always been a very visual person," she said. "I've always been able to capture the moment and interpret what I see in my own way. I like to capture things that the ordinary person would not necessarily see."

Major likes to feature a number of different elements in her photographs, but some of her favorite ptictures she has taken illustrate the changing of the seasons. She said she's never done much in the way of photographing people, but that she's thinking about getting into that realm.

Major has embraced digital photography, a development that has revolutionized the field.

"I love the instant gratificaiton of digital photography," she said. "You can work with the pictures you take right away. It makes taking pictures a lot easier in terms of not having to shoot a whole bunch of different rolls of film."

But Major said she still has a 35mm camera, and she still uses regular film some of the time because she does not have a computer handy all of the time, which is required for digital work.

Her love of digital photography is what led to her making her note cards and starting up her web site.

The sky is the limit for Major it seems, but she says she still has many goals to accomplish.

"I'd like to have some larger scale presentations and show," she said, "and I've even considered opening my home by appointment for people to see my work. I'd also just like to spend more time taking pictures, and then get more visible in the Boston area, maybe even New York. I'm in no rush, though. I'm just going to take one step at a time, and I want to continue making people happy with my work.


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Hanover Phone Directory   1987