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Dave Hanson


Flesh and Bones, Life Dance

The body is the coat of our bones and the choir house of our souls. Its beauty is inherent and yet mysterious. Artistically, for me, the nude has always presented challenges and opportunities to be able to create images that are visually interesting and authentic.

I’ve read that those who first define a word controls its reality. The reality and rules of photography have been defined and redefined by photographers and gatekeepers since its beginning.

I’ve spent a good part of my photographic life trying to duplicate the reality and the rules of what’s been done, striving for beautifully lit landscapes and nudes. Since the beginning though, there has always been a feeling that a key element has been lacking, So for the past few years I’ve started down a journey of exploration and experimentation in a search for my own elements of redefinition and authenticity.

I think that in photography we have the opportunity to capture the things that we are able to to see, we can create and capture things we want to see, or we are able to let the camera speak and help tell us stories about things that we are unable to see. In my recent series Flesh and Bones, through the use of slow shutter speeds, a combination of elements and motion, the camera has compressed seconds in time fusing the visible and invisible into images that helps capture and express my vision of the dance of life.

Dave Hanson

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