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Photographs of the American Vernacular
Recent Work by D. B. Stovall

December 7, 2012 - February 23, 2013
Opening Reception December 7th, 2012 6:00 - 8:20pm
Altoona PA
Hazleton PA
McKeesport PA

Artist's Statement

Although I call my work "American Vernacular," it is important that it be understood what it is and what it isn't. Although some have termed it "old buildings," that is selling it far too short. I do tend to look for older buildings, but that is more due to the fact that older structures, like whiskey or cognac aging in a barrel, acquire a certain color and flavor after many years. This is enhanced by the various hands that have put their own touches onto the structure, kind of like an artist on a canvas over a long period.

I try to capture that sense, as well as highlight the kind of things that others tend to overlook. The view camera is a perfect tool for this work. It enforces a kind of discipline on my vision, what I call a "slower way of seeing" that highlights the kind of sharp detail that would otherwise be lost in the camouflage of the everyday.  What it is definitely not is nostalgia or "Americana." I leave that type of work to those who are better at it than I.

All photographs were taken with a 4x5 view camera onto color transparency, which were then scanned and TIF files produced.  Archival pigment prints are then made matching the original transparency.