With a few exceptions, I turn the ordinary, unlikely, or even ugly into the amusing, beautiful, or poignant, emphasizing texture, pattern, and shape. It is satisfying work.
Many of the images are monochrome, but some are vibrantly color-modified—either way bringing out pre-existing shapes and textures, sometimes revealing what before lay hidden.
In difficult times, we could all use encouragement. Often the point is simply to bring a child-like smile or simple enjoyment–and perhaps some hope that good things can be found in unlikely places, including the out-of-the-way corners of each of our lives.
They say that fairy tales help children deal with adult issues, and some of my “found still lifes” serve a similar, almost therapeutic purpose–portraying serious, difficult, or traumatic situations under cover of the commonplace and unremarkable.
Photography is a relatively new creative medium for me, but the technician is catching up with the artist. In the beginning, I was using a zoom compact (Canon SX610 HS), but I now have a mirrorless Sony alpha-6000 and shoot in raw. By study and practice, my photographs and post-processing skills are improving rapidly.
There is something hopeful and encouraging about this work. And I hope to make my best photographic art available to others as prints and wall art, so that it can help beautify homes and workplaces.
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David Alan Webb
PO Box 743
Cumberland, MD 21501