Artist Biography

David has been a photographer for nearly 35 years.  He specializes in black and white print photography.  During the early part of his career, his photographs were taken using black and white film and then processed and printed using chemicals in a dedicated darkroom. Advances in digital sensors, high quality archival inks and computational image manipulation have been truly transformative for photography.  David now works exclusively using digital workflows.  Each of his photographs is captured in color, transformed to black and white using a variety of computational tools, and printed on a digital printer onto archival photographic paper.

David lives in Oakland, California.

Artist Statement

I take photographs for fun and enjoyment.  I constantly look for an appealing and unusual juxtaposition of curves, angles, shadows, and light.   Once identified, the pursuit of how to capture, edit, and print the photograph consumes me and I get lost in the experience.  That other people enjoy my photographs makes taking them ever more fun and challenging.

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My photographs often capture some geometric combination of glass, concrete and steel.  I am drawn towards relative positioning and balance in the shapes, lines, arcs, circles, symmetry, convergence, and repetition.  Perhaps it is the scientist in me that has fun exploring the intersection of the mathematics, chemistry, and physics involved.  Mostly, I work to find an unusual viewpoint of what are very commonly accessible subjects.  Occasionally, I will find something that just strikes my fancy, such as a rusty bolt, parking meter, door, or light pole.   I often try to play with gravity in my images so that I’m not quite sure whether I’m looking upward or falling downward or tilted sideways.

Why cityscapes?  Well cityscapes are the output of human endeavor.  Architects and engineers have chosen all elements of the building, including size, location and materials for a specific function.  Builders interpret those plans in the construction.  The façade dictates how we interact with the building with specific design elements.  Much like a painting, each component has been chosen and is present for a specific reason.  I like to interpret those reasons and choices in some unforeseen but pleasing manner.

There is one huge advantage to taking photos of buildings and bridges – they rarely move. I can return again and again to photograph the subject in different light, different atmospheric conditions, and different times of the day.  With its abundance of great architecture, brilliant bridges, and ever changing weather, living in the San Francisco Bay Area affords me many opportunities to capture new images.