My name is Dan and I like to make photographs.
My dad was a photo hobbyist when I was a kid. There were always cameras around and I was always getting in trouble for touching them. When I was about 14, he finally let me use his camera to go and take pictures. I can’t really be more specific than that, because I don’t remember what I captured on that first outing, or if I wanted it for something in particular. I just knew I wanted to look at things through the viewfinder and push the button and hear the shutter click. 16 years later, my dad has upgraded to a digital SLR (as have I) and he gave me the old Minolta SLR to keep for posterity. I don’t know what became of that first roll of film and it’s probably better that way.
And actually, I still use the 35mm from time to time. In the digital age, I have come to love the aesthetic of the classic b&w films, my current favorite being the old stand-by of journalists and artists alike: Tri-X 400. There is something very pure in the experience of composing an image that will only be conveyed to the viewer as a series of graytones created by a simple one-layer thick emulsion of silver halides.
I’ve been working in portraiture for 12 years. People are still among my favorite subjects. I feel there is an intimacy in the making of a creative portrait. I love meeting people and learning their stories and then bringing the elements of lighting, posing and exposure together to capture an image of a person that conveys the full range of their personality.
In the past few years, I’ve started to turn the camera more outward, looking at the natural world and the man-made world and most especially the margins where natural and man-made worlds collide… or coalesce… or co-habitate…
What you will find in my shop is a mix of urban and natural scenes captured with a spirit of wonder and curiosity. I strive to uphold the most rigorous standards of quality from image capture, through processing to crafting a final product.
I shoot with the final image in mind, and always keep trying until I get a perfect capture. I process as little and as tastefully as possible, to retain the integrity of the captured image. I oversee every step of the production process: from printing to peeling and laminating. I stretch every one of my canvases myself – by hand – to make sure that the fine photographic gallery wrap that you receive is something you will be proud to display on your wall and something that will be passed down through your family for years and years.