Growing up in the neighborhoods of Chicago, I was exposed early on to the architecture of Sullivan, Lloyd Wright and others. Simply going to a movie theater when there were still opulent settings or walking through the cavernous skyscrapers of downtown helped develop my eye for line and form. As much as possible, I would spend free time at the Art Institute, losing himself in color, composition and technique.
My earliest photographic inspiration came from André Kertész and Stephen Deutch, whose subjects drew the audience in and immediately told a story. Subconsciously, I wanted to tell those same stories through my photographs. I want the audience to look up, look down and see the overlooked and unseen. My goal is to stir the emotional pot and spark an aha moment.
My passion now is in taking photographs that each of us has taken, nice pictures but nothing special. Even in these “throwaways” I believe there is a hidden story, waiting for release. At my computer, I spend time listening to and evoking their stories. Once the stories have been manipulated using various computer programs, I am able to coax a new depth of meaning to the surface. Avenues now stand open for storytelling that were previously obscured by the mundane. As time marches on, the interpretation of the base photograph is lost, even to me, taking on a completely different artistic persona and relishing in the experience.
A Chicago native, self-taught photographer and digital artist David Plath spent many years among the skyscrapers and noted architecture of the Second City. Trading concrete and glass for trees and topography, Plath has since lived in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York, experiencing both the natural and manmade world in their grandest and most complex.
He has called South Florida home since 2004. While working at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale, Plath served as staff liaison for three past Doing Business as Artist Entrepreneur (DBA) and two ArtBrazil exhibitions. Plath coordinated the Art to End AIDS mural project for the Florida Department of Health-Broward and served as a judge for the arts category at the Miami Herald Silver Knight awards. His art has been shown throughout South Florida, including the 2019 DBA exhibition, Textured.
Outside of his photographic interests, David is active in Broward County as a Leadership Broward alumni and served as a co-chair for the 2016 Culture Arts & Recreation Day. He has also been a past judge for the Miami Herald Silver Knight awards for the Arts. Plath is also an aspiring writer, having penned short stories and poetry. He is currently working on his first novel, Raising Koi.
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