Traditional silver gelatin photographer, David Piemonte, is the fourth artist selected for Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series 2014. His solo exhibition, “Flower Power”, examines the intrinsic energy found within flowers that he strives to capture by photographing these in total darkness with medium format black & white film. This dynamic new show opens Wednesday, July 23 and runs until August 12th. An artist reception is this Friday, July 25 from 6 - 8 PM at the Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester. Please join us - everyone is welcome to this festive event!
David’s deep reverence for detail is immediately evident in his photographs. “Photography for me is all about the moment, as is life itself”, says David. “I’ve always been fascinated by what the camera captures as opposed to what the eye sees. At the same time, I feel my purpose as a photographer is to create images that sometimes ask more questions than they answer. It’s the subtleties that create the mood of an image.”
David draws much of his inspiration from the simplicity of nature as a symbolic statement of life. It is this inspiration that allows him to create landscapes that are timeless and surreal. His elegant floral images have a mysterious beauty all their own. As he explains it, “My floral images are ones of solitude and isolation. So often we think of flowers within the context of abundance and color. Perhaps my floral images will allow the viewer to see them from a more intimate perspective.”
After attending New England School of Photography in Boston, David traveled through Europe. The six months he spent there proved to be a pivotal time in his artistic career, particularly during his visit to Venice, where he discovered the beauty and solitude of night photography. “It was there, in the late hours of the night, camera and tripod in hand, that I had that floating city all to myself. I continue my search for nocturnal landscapes to this day . . . or night,” said David.
David has lived on Cape Ann since 1980 and exhibiting his work in numerous venues over the years. Even with the advent of digital photography, David still prefers working with traditional medium format film and silver gelatin paper processed in a wet darkroom. As he explains it, “I print everything by hand using archival processes for image permanence that I’ve refined over the years. And the process of actually making the image can sometimes be as rewarding as the end result.”
Rocky Neck Gallery is open every day: Sunday - Wednesday 11 AM - 6 PM, Thursday - Saturday 11 AM - 8 PM. Please join us this Friday, July 25th for an artist's reception from 6-8 PM. Meet SAS and gallery artist David Piemonte and see his stunning photographs.
The Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Collective functions as a co-operative, sharing the gallery duties among the members and sharing commissions on sales with the Rocky Neck Art Colony. The Rocky Neck Gallery, at 6 Wonson Street, is the sister gallery of the Cultural Center Gallery. Together they represent a program of the Art Colony to showcase contemporary art.