Artist StatementIn the beginning, it is all about the light; in the end, it is all about the print. I am an artist that works with light. Photography captures light so I can print it. George Eastman said, “Light makes photography. Know light … and you will know the key to photography.” I photograph by available light; natural and artificial as this is the light we live by. I compose tightly in the viewfinder and I print full frame. You see what I saw in the viewfinder. Ansel Adams said, “To visualize an image … is to see clearly in the mind prior to exposure, a continuous projection from composing the image through the final print.” It is a process of capturing light to show it in the print. I make my own original prints using current technology and traditional techniques. In the beginning, it is all about the light; in the end, it is all about the print.
Daniel Humphries-Russ is an award-winning photographer residing in Carroll County, Maryland. Daniel creates original limited edition archival pigment prints, combining traditional techniques and current digital technology. Daniel is an adjunct faculty member at Carroll Community College and a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Towson University. Daniel began working with digital images in 1994. Working with images captured on film and converted to digital files, he began the process of “developing” digital images in concert with traditional film images. He committed exclusively to digital processes in 2008.
The unifying thread throughout Daniel’s work is place. Place is defined as “physical environment” or “physical surroundings”. Place is a concept of both “space” and “atmosphere”. Place can be small and intimate—a room, a small house, or a country church; or it can be large and grand—a country estate, a palace, or a cathedral. Place can encompass a building or structure and a broader area or concept—such as a community or neighborhood. Place is defined by location, form, mass, space, shape, line, texture, materials, and more. Ambience, background, history, and milieu inform it. Place includes all our built environment both formal and informal and it includes the landscape wherein we create our built environments.
One of the natural loves that humans possess is a love of place. Interpenetrating circles of home, region, and country all speak to humanity’s need of place and the way in which humans instinctively root themselves somewhere. Daniel captures both the physical nature of place and the ambience of place. A country church is more than just a physical building; it is a sacred place, loved by parishioners. Daniel finds the interesting in ordinary places. As Elliott Erwitt said, “Photography is an art of observation. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
Daniel has exhibited at:
Jonal Gallery, Columbia PA.
Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City MD
Carroll Arts Center, Westminster MD
Washington County Arts Council, Hagerstown MD
The Saville Gallery, Cumberland MD
Rouse Company Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College, Columbia MD
Babylon Great Hall at Carroll Community College, Westminster MD
Langdon Family Gallery at Carroll Community College, Westminster MD
Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, Fulton MD
Penn Alps, Grantsville MD