I am really excited about this article, which is once again allowing me the pleasure of diversity in the artworks featured on the blog. I came across the work of this gentleman initially on Flickr – this time we are talking photography, but I think this is photography with a real difference and although I don’t know a great deal about the medium, I can honestly say these are some of the most striking pictures I have ever seen. For anyone who has never seen “High Dynamic Range Photos” do please explore Dave’s wonderful portfolio.
Dave Kozlowski is an artist from the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex in Texas who describes himself rather modestly as an “amateur” and visiting his profile on Flickr, the testimonials bear out the fact that not only is he extremely talented but a thoroughly helpful and enthusiastic guy.
It was my partner who first came across his pictures, obsessed as he is with all things western and anything with cowboy in a search string will grab his attention! Thus we found the amazing portfolio from which Dave has kindly allowed us to reproduce some images here. I think this first portrait is absolutely stunning. Like much of Dave’s work it seems to somehow combine a tangible retro with the modern. In this picture you can almost feel the fabric of the subject’s work shirt beneath your fingers and as one commentator said, it looks like something from the 1800’s aside from the fancy wristwatch. I agree.
Dave’s choice of subject matter is diverse to say the least and a visit to his website at Dallas Photoworks or his Flickr page demonstrates the great variety in his work, from western themes, architecture, decay, portraiture and landscapes. I really have never seen anything like it before and in my humble opinion, for an amateur, Mr Kozlowski is a master at his chosen artform.
In addition to his photography, Dave also acts as the Director of an organization called “Exposure Dallas” which organizes exhibitions by amateur photographers in the Fort Worth area. If you are lucky enough to live nearby, there will be an exhibition by the group on Saturday September 7th 2006. I for one wish I could go along. This is the third exhibition Dave has organized for the group and in addition to his work you can view some of the photos by his fellow collaborators at Dave’s Flickr pages.
I am really pleased to have been able to give a little more exposure to Dave on this blog and to grace these pages with a very small selection of his photographs. Here at Arteccentrix we think Dave is a true artist, with a great eye, original thought and true technical and artistic ability – thank you for sharing your pictures with us it’s been a wonderful journey of discovery and we wish you good luck with all your future ventures. We’d like to leave readers with a couple more of Dave’s images if you want more you’ll just have to visit him online.
If anyone out there would like to be featured in future articles just drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do. And remember, our first featured artist Francois Vaillancourt’s exhibition is just around the corner now 22/8/2006 – 9/9/2006 and once again we wish him success with his first show.