Photography is simply a function of noticing things."—Elliott Erwitt
The pilgrimage never ends, but my journey of images touches both the simple and sublime en route. Immersed in the places, people and events that become my vision and guide, my photographs are meant to evoke the emotional and spiritual interactions with the natural moment at hand. I invite you to share in my personal sense of wonder.
~David Lee Black
David Lee Black, an award-winning photographer, references the depth of the natural world and its inhabitants with his unique vision.
Conveying not only light and shadow, David imparts a sense of storytelling folklore and a timeless mythology. Evoking emotion and the sense of being connected to abandoned places almost sacred, David's images articulate emotional truths far beyond the scope of literal meaning.
"Each photograph owns it's own setting, heart and soul, without apology or reservation."
David’s work has been commission for several commercial ventures.
His photograph "Lil Red Barn" was commissioned by Peak Organic Brew for the label of their Maple Oat Ale, and "Russell Pond" was featured on the record label for Maine's premier rock band, Now is Now. In 2009, David's "Newport Winds" was commissioned for the Berklee College of Music guitar hero, Julien Kasper and his CD, "Trance Groove." in 2011, One New England Magazine featured David's landscape and portrait photography in a biographical exposé. Eric Bloom of the Funky Autocrats commissioned David in 2012 for their feature in Providence Monthly Magazine. In 2013, Newport jazz trumpeter Doug Woolverton commissioned David's photography for his his debut EP, "Say Yes". Edible Cape Cod Magazine, a New England publication for foodies has featured David's commercial work of the some of the finest chefs on the Cape and their product lines. In 2013, The Island Moving Company, Newport's premier ballet company commissioned David to photograph their dancers for their upcoming season. A giant banner of David's photography flew from he Newport Bridge to commentate the event.
A grouping of selected large-scale photographs was commissioned by Carter McCay World Headquarters for their corporate Boston offices and conference rooms in an effort to foster a soothing and thought-provoking business environment.
His work has been highlighted in a number of publications. His photograph “Wood Chromosomes” appeared in the Library of Congress photographic anthology, Endless Journeys. And “White Mountain Sisters" is pending publication for the National Geographic Traveler. David’s work has also been featured and reviewed in Stationery Magazine, New England Living, Edible Cape Cod and Art Scope Magazine.
David has earned recognition in the photography field and his photographs have received numerous honors and awards, including the 2005 Featured Artist Award for New England Artists, and the 2006 Juror's Choice Award at the Winter Exhibition at the Attleboro Art Museum. In June of 2007, David received the Honorarium Award at the International Society of Photographers Convention and Symposium in Las Vegas In July of 2007, David was one of only 8 artists selected in a juried exhibition at Attleboro Arts Museum's Ottmar Gallery, and his collection was featured in the 2008 Eight Visions Exhibition. In December of 2008, his photograph "Newport Skies” received the Merit Award at the Juried Member's Exhibition at the Attleboro Art Museum. Also in December of 2008, "Two Trees", and "Wood Chromosomes" were published in Yankee Magazine.com. In 2009, David was selected as a contributing artist for the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. In December of 2009, David's photograph, "Aire" received the award of merit at the Attleboro Arts Museum. In June of 2010, David's photograph, "Maternals" was selected to be displayed in a national juried exhibit, "Double Visions" at the Arts Museum.
David also lends his personal philosophy and artistic skill to his work in Expressive Arts Therapy. He encourages his clients to explore and discover the visual and aural world. Clients journey with David throughout the natural world and reflect and integrate the emotional meaning of their art through public exhibits and recordings.
In 2013, David received the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant to further his expressive arts project.
An accomplished musician and composer in the New England music and theater scene, David holds music credits that include serving as Music Director for the Department of Interior's Orchestrations Exhibits in Boston and Washington D.C., and both performing and recording with The McCoy Brothers, Jumpin Juba (Bone'less Records), Natural Toy (Studio A Productions), Tractor (Lakewest Records), The Brian Scott Quartet (Dynamic Studios),The Patmos Brothers Revival, The Extraordinary Rendition Band and conducting an award-winning jazz and symphonic band.
David has also produced and performed an original project, "Blackshack" (Vincent Productions), and has appeared in a number of performance art and theatrical stage productions (A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, and Music Man).