David resides in Saratoga Springs, NY
As a musician and coming from a musical and creative family, I look to make artistic images though photography.
I love to work with natural light, to find the beauty in subjects from people to landscapes. I am not a huge fan of strobe or studio lights, but I do use them on occasion. Using old lenses, various types of film, and exploring image production through techniques from digital manipulation through digital negatives to handcrafted prints are all part of my repertoire.
As far as beauty is concerned, it can be found in the subject itself, the lighting which renders the subject, the textures in the images, or the patterns that make up the image. One of my main goals is to portray a subject or a theme in a way that is not common or expected, through those aspects of beauty listed above. When working with people, I try to draw upon their individuality and their inner essence and establish a deeper working relationship. Here my goal is to photograph the subject for it’s inherent traits or beauty, as opposed to layering what society expects to see in the individual though advertising, selling, stereotypes, etc.
The blending of old and new, as well as traditional photography and other artforms, is something I am also very interested in. This began with shooting and developing film, continued with large format and the use of old, sometimes “imperfect” lenses (by modern standards). I am attracted to soft focus images and pictorialism. Pinhole and zoneplate cameras continued taking me in this direction, and now using alternative methods of printing on handcoated paper is another recent way for me to create images that are handmade, unique and expressive. In the future I plan to sometimes combine these traditional and modern techniques with other visual arts, such as coloring, toning, painting and collage.
My works combine and synthesize modern photographic technology with very traditional tools and techniques to achieve a very personal and contemporary synthesis. I am intrigued with the expressive potential of this merger, which offers a broad range of avenues to “re-present” (rather than document) forms in the visible world.
I am now exploring “alternative” (very traditional) methods of printing using the large format negatives. These include platinum/palladium prints and Van Dyke prints on a variety of hand-coated papers. These prints are fascinating, blending the origins of photography with contemporary techniques, and blurring the lines between photography and other two-dimensional art forms.
Focusing on film and hand-made prints, I continue to explore new methods of creating images that present my subjects in new and captivating ways. The end products stand as images to sense and experience rather than narratives to be understood.