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293 South Dyer Neck Road
Newcastle ME 04553
Born in Portland, Dave is a lifelong resident of the state
of Maine and has lived all over southern and central parts of the state.
He is a graduate of Portland High School and Central Maine Vocational Technical
School (Graphic Arts), the University of Southern Maine (BS in Vocational
Education) and a Masters of Fine Arts - Visual Arts from Vermont College.
Dave has been a photographer and educator for more than 30 years. Most
of his teaching experience is in graphics arts, computers and traditional
and digital photography.
Photography is his first love and his work covers a wide
spectrum of interests. He works in both color and black-and-white; almost
all of his current work is done digitally. Dave is currently working on
a series of images which he calls "Working Boats" shot in harbors along
the Midcoast. Many of these images are shot from a kayak which allows him
to achieve a unique point of view of traditional subjects.
Dave now owns and operates Digital Imaging & Design
Services specializing in a graphic design services, digital imaging and
commercial photography. He also offers courses in digital imaging and fine
arts photography in many locations around the state of Maine. His work
has appeared in several national publications and has been exhibited nationally,
regionally and locally.
In His own words -- Excerpted from a 2004 press release
For some years now I have adopted a minimalist
philosophy of "less is more". I describe my philosophy by saying, "It is
often more important what you take out of an image than what you leave
in." My work is more about subtle relationships than grand vistas or representations.
I place emphasis on line, tone, form and compositional relationships. I
explore the beauty of simple, small or ordinary subjects. People often
tell me they find mywork more real to them than reality itself. This is
because I strive to find the essence of the subject with which my viewers
can connect and identify.
Work in Other Galleries or Collections
Photography has long since established its historical
importance. I want my work to speak to that ability by describing the time
and place that is Maine in the late 20th and early 21st century. I'm not
so much interested in events as in the natural landscape. I'm very interested
in historical images and the comparisons that can be made photographically
to the same objects and locations as they are seen now. I want viewers
to look at my images in some future time and to make some of those same
sorts of comparisons. I want them to understand the beauty that was here.
I feel that I am working now in the most prolific and
creative period of my artistic life. My time is more within my control
and I can take advantage of it to shoot whenever a good opportunity arises
or to spend the extra time required to perfect an image in my production
studio. Currently I'm working on a series of images called "Working Boats"
shot in harbors and waters along the Midcoast. "Heavy Weather" was shot
off Pemequid in a storm surge. Many other images in this series, like "Foggy
Bottom", were shot from a kayak which allows me to achieve a unique point
of view of traditional subjects. Taken as a whole, this series speaks to
the way we think about coastal Maine and to it's reality. Each image is
an historical record of our changing waterfront.
I began my studies of photography as a black and white
photographer. "Four Square" provides a good example of the digital black
and white work that is built on a foundation of my traditional film work.
Alternatively, the digital process allows greater freedom and manipulation
of color in an image. Using layers and opacity adjustments I can cross
a line between black and white and color renditions of an image. There
are three examples in my Artistic Materials: muted color as in "Fisherman",
spot color like the red fire station in the " Village in Winter", and just
hint of bottle green in the wave of " Heavy Weather". "Blue Mist" is a
minimalist monotone composition that uses color in a way that could not
be captured entirely in either black and white or in color. All are images
with a black and white feel that use color to make a point.
Seeing in color requires an entirely different vision
than black and white. Composition is radically different; the color itself
becomes a major element in the composition of the image. "Red and Yellow"
is one of my first works that rely chiefly on color and not on composition.
Since then, I see that red is an important color in my work and in my understanding
of how color informs an image. Stone Arch, shot from a kayak on an overcast
day, not only achieves a point of view that can not be done from land but
also takes advantage of one of my favorite weather conditions. The light
on an overcast day allows for a glowing saturation of color because the
actual range of color is more compact and within the range that a camera
Two samples of close up photography are included in
my Artistic Materials as examples of my work in this area. "Pears and Shadow"
demonstrates my ideas of minimalist composition. Botanical subjects, like
"Lilies" allow me to pursue my studies of form and color. Other frequent
macro subject matter in my imaging include found objects in nature and
a new series of antique tools. Not included in this sample are examples
of abstracts, portraits, panoramas and architecturals.
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