M I C H E L L E 7


Daniel J. Love
Daniel Love earned his Bachelors degree in Nursing in 1997 from Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri. He spent the majority of his nursing career working in critical care and cardio-thoracic surgery units. Presently, he works at an insurance company reviewing claims for disability. David did not get his first camera until after graduation from college - it was a Canon Rebel X. After some brief experimentation on his own, he signed-up for a photography class at his local community college. He was thrilled to learn everything, from the mechanics of the camera to the finer points of printing in the darkroom. It was also during this course that he shot his first nudes. His wife, Melanie, posed for him. Several years later, he purchased a Mamiya 645 Pro TL, and fell in love with the increased image clearity and depth if provided him. With his powerful new medium format camera in hand, he started shooting nudes again in 2003 and thus began the journey that he's still on.

Artist Statement: The female human form holds my fascination. I am intrigued by the beauty of that form that is at once unique to the individual while also archetypal to humanity. Each photograph to varying degrees deals with the tension between the individuality of the person and the universality of the female form. Occasionally, the individual is most present in the work. In most, the beauty of the form is the primary subject.

In many of my works, the use of light within a studio is my sole aid in uncovering the sublime of the female form. Light and dark play against the line of the body to make it more pleasing to the eye and yet still “natural” and without artificiality. The beauty I strive to uncover is not meant to be seen as primarily sexual, but rather an appreciation of female beauty without particular reference to sex. It is the beauty of the gender that is present; a beauty that is unashamed of its identity.

Through the use of a nude form against urban backdrops, the form itself is elevated as it is set among the surroundings. It is a harsh contradiction between beauty that occurs naturally with the stark man-made environment in which many of us choose to live. What is natural and what is contrived, and the interaction between the two is a startling juxtaposition and the desired outcome is further appreciation of the natural. In one work in particular, Patriarchy, it is clear that the relationship between the natural and the man-made is not always without detrimental effect on the individual. In others, for example Swinging from hook, the individual’s interactions with her surroundings is unencumbered and almost playful.

What you see in my exhibition is the culmination of a lifetime of love, learning, and friendship as I share my interest in the female form with you. The contradicting tensions of the individual versus archetype, natural versus contrived, are unified in the central theme to find the unique beauty that is in every female; a beauty that is there to be seen and appreciated, but not always found. It was my quest to always uncover this beauty.

Location: Portland, Oregon
Email: DJLphotography@yahoo.com
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