PHOTOGRAPHY: David Robin's "Signs of Life"

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A Sign of Life
Opening today at New York's Steven Amedee Gallery is ad shooter David Robin's "Signs of Life," a new series of black-and-white landscape photographs made via the very post-Ansel Adams technique known as archival pigment ink printing. "The challenge here is to work within a whole different set of parameters," says Robin. "With pigments, you don't have the luminescence of silver to carry you — the photo itself has to carry the luminescence. I have to take this into consideration in the composition and how I expose the original image, so that all the tones I need are available for the final print. I'm taking my skills in silver printing and transforming them to convey a pigment image. For an artist, it's a whole new brush." Moreover, he adds, "In my commercial work, I'm hired to photograph people, which makes one realize that humans are pretty distracting from the main message, which is that life exists despite us. My intent with this project is to present life through light and shadow and how they define shape — instead of succumbing to our preoccupation with the human form. Though I now live in Manhattan," says the California native, "I still acknowledge that the sensuality of emotion evident in the curves of our physical world are recognized in our own flesh and projected in our actions. Nature offers the ultimate insight into human motivation and character." The show runs through April 30; see for more.
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