Artist StatementIn the beginning, it is all about the light; in the end, it is all about the print. I am an artist that works with light. Photography captures light so I can print it. George Eastman said, “Light makes photography. Know light … and you will know the key to photography.” I photograph by available light; natural and artificial as this is the light we live by. I compose tightly in the viewfinder and I print full frame. You see what I saw in the viewfinder. Ansel Adams said, “To visualize an image … is to see clearly in the mind prior to exposure, a continuous projection from composing the image through the final print.” It is a process of capturing light to show it in the print. I make my own original prints using current technology and traditional techniques. In the beginning, it is all about the light; in the end, it is all about the print.
Daniel Humphries-Russ is an award-winning photographer residing in Carroll County, Maryland. Daniel creates original limited edition archival pigment prints combining traditional techniques and current digital technology. Daniel has recently exhibited at such diverse venues as the Jonal Gallery in Columbia, PA, Howard County Center for the Arts, Carroll Arts Center, The Saville Gallery in Cumberland, MD and the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Daniel is an adjunct faculty member at Carroll Community College.
Daniel focuses on human creation. Our built environment, our technology, and our art reveal the divine spark, the spark of creation, in all of us. Sacred and secular, residential and industrial, handcrafted and manufactured, our structures, spaces, and what we put in them form our lives and reveal much of whom we are.
Capturing images exclusively on film for over 20 years, he sought the finest grain negatives and sharpest prints possible working handheld with available light in black and white. He developed his own film and produced his own gelatin silver prints to ensure the image quality, tonal range and archival qualities of his film and prints. He developed a style of composing in the viewfinder that enabled printing the image “full frame”, ensuring the least visible grain in his prints, using the high-speed films of the day.
Daniel began working with digital images in 1994. Working with images captured on film and converted to digital files, he began the process of “developing” digital images in concert with traditional film images. He committed to only digital processes in 2008. His digital SLR camera was capable of using his existing film lenses and, since digital imaging is natively a color process, he began exploring the world of color. In 2010, higher resolution cameras and fractal resampling of digital images to larger sizes and higher resolution enabled him to print images as large as 40 x 60 inches.
Daniel recently completed his series Bridges of Antietam Creek, photographs of the 17 stone-arch bridges over Antietam Creek in Washington County MD. Current projects include Centennial Churches, photographs of Methodist churches in the United Methodist Church Baltimore-Washington Conference that are 100 years old and older, and still in use by their congregations today, 50 Diners, photographs of classic American, chrome and glass diners within a 50-mile radius of Baltimore, and 24/7, nighttime photographs of businesses open 24 hours a day.
Daniel has exhibited at:
Jonal Gallery, Columbia PA.
Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City MD
Carroll Arts Center, Westminster MD
Washington County Arts Council, Hagerstown MD
The Saville Gallery, Cumberland MD
Rouse Company Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College, Columbia MD
Babylon Great Hall at Carroll Community College, Westminster MD
Langdon Family Gallery at Carroll Community College, Westminster MD
Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, Fulton MD
Penn Alps, Grantsville MD