Student of the Month: Dave DiCarlo

Dave is our student of the month for December, 2015.  His work has a strong sense of composition. He often utilizes the entire frame building images in horizontal layers that remind me of the mountains that occupy the frame he's filling. With Dave's work I found myself looking into the skies in his photographs. They speak to the variety of moods that are found among the mountains of California. Come in and see his work this month!

We had an interview by Creative Photo Academy's Ryan Cambers with Dave DiCarlo  to hear about his work and what inspires him:

If you could sum up this work in one word what would it be?

Which photograph has meant the most to you?
Many of Ansel Adam's early photos of the Sierra. They are timeless.

Where have you found inspiration photographically?
Galen Rowell. One of very few who has been able to simultaneously combine world class adventure and photography.

Who do you feel like you were making this work for?
All who love the beauty of nature and especially the high Sierra.

Was there anything about yourself or something else that you discovered making these pictures?
Shooting in the mountains, I always rediscover how much I enjoy nature and being outdoors. I'm always trying to capture the feeling.

Was there a class, instructor, pro talk or trip that really helped you connect with photography?
I thoroughly enjoyed the Landscape Series. It brought together a lot of concepts and techniques.

Is there a piece of equipment that you really love?
I love my relatively new Nikon D810 and I make heavy use of a polarizer

What thread do you feel ties these pictures together besides you taking them?
The diverse beauty and splendor of the mountains wherever and whenever you look.

What is your advice to someone starting in photography?
Contemporary photography seems a lot like music. Once you learn to control the instrument, then you can become expressive and creative.

Do you have any projects you're planning to do next?
Current projects involve resurrecting old photos and creating story lines. I'm also preparing for a hiking and photo trip to Argentina.

What's your favorite color?
Soft colors: green, blue.
See his work at our First Tuesday Art Opening on December 1 from 5:30-7:00pm. Learn More: HERE.

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