David Kempton- PixSilver Images
Like all Fine Art, photography can challenge and inform the intellect and the spirit at the same time as it delights the eye. Since the 1970s, I have been finding echoes of human emotions and longings in natural and urban settings. I have explored our effects on the natural environment, particularly through the electrical grid.
Most of my early practice was in the Modern tradition, influenced by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and others. I made crisp black-and-white images with an emphasis on composition. You can see some of those in my Analog Gallery. I also made images that went beyond straight representation – see my Movements of the Heart series for example.
More recently, especially with digital tools, I have been branching out into more contemporary forms, with extended sequences for storytelling (e.g. The PATH to Emptiness), collage, layering and manipulation of colours (e.g. The Fallen) and use of smartphone cameras (or their misuse – such as shooting panoramas from moving vehicles).
PixSilver comes from a blending of the Pixels in my digital imagery, and the Silver halides in my wet-darkroom images. It’s been a while since I worked in a darkroom, and I miss it, as you will read in Scanograms.
I have been in Juried Art shows in Stouffville, Uxbridge and Toronto. I have also been on the Uxbridge, King and Newmarket Studio Tours. Until December 2018 I was on the Board of the NGA (Newmarket Group of Artists). Some recent awards are listed under Shows.
In October of 2019, Peggy Stevens and I hosted the first annual Newmarket Juried Art Show at Newmarket’s Old Town Hall. We had been planning and working on it for almost two and a half years, and we are very happy with the show that resulted.
We had to move the Show online for 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic. See details on the shows here.
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