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Dan was raised in the Pacific Northwest, enjoyed his creative years in New York City and now finds himself at home in Los Angeles. The balance between urban living and love of nature is an ongoing pursuit for him and a universal human theme that drives his artistic practice. He currently splits his time between the visual arts and working for conservation organizations. Dan has a Masters in Environmental Science from Columbia University and an International Diploma in Plant Conservation from the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew in England, as well as a BA in Japanese from the University of Oregon
I grew up in rural America as a kid constantly surrounded by nature and now I am someone who has spent most of my adult life in urban cities. This has feed my interest in how people connect to the natural world and guided my professional career in environmental conservation. The two photography series I have included, illustrate this ongoing interest. Blinded by Science reflects how I found a way to artistically connect to a subject that I knew a lot about and Draw Me A Tree is how I artistically explore other people’s connections to a very similar subject. I have always loved painting and drawing and I think of my camera as just another artistic tool like a brush or pencil. That means I am not as interested in the camera as a way to document the word as it is seen but more as a way to tool to create my artistic visions. We are all constantly bombarded by digital imagery and much of it altered with apps and filters to make it look like a print that we would be holding in our hand pre digital camera revolution. The materials and presentation of the final print for exhibition is something that I put a lot of effort into. My Blinded by Science series is printed on a thick textured parchment style fine art paper which I hand tear to give it a deckle edge. Some of the prints in the collection are on my own handmade paper containing the leaves from the trees in the image. My Draw Me a Tree series prints I wanted to resemble a sheet of paper torn from a drawing note book and pinned to wall. So, I printed on fine art paper that had holes punched like a notebook, I hand wrote the titles, and then mounted them in a shadow box with an actual pushpin glued in for effect. Seeing my prints in person is much better experience than online .
"My approach to photography comes from a love of drawing & painting, which I combined with a conceptual sensibility inspired by a passion for science and nature."
This master of the art employs with strong graphic intention using in-camera multiple exposures to create abstract and unique portraits which allow the viewer to focus on the pure seductive beauty of landscape, trees and plants.
A thick texture of colour and form created by treating the individual branches and leaves as part of the abstraction rather than an actual depiction , allowing the viewer to feel intrinsically connected to nature and the touching almost poetical grace within it, heightening at once our feeling of responsibility to preserve our planet and surroundings as well as our appreciation for the extraordinary in the everyday.