Artist StatementI am a large-format photographer interested in architecture and public spaces; I use these subjects to pose questions about place, identity, materiality, and history. I have long been fascinated by the issue of human engagement with the natural and built environment. This subject, how we experience our surroundings and, in turn, how we affect them, is of critical importance to my work. By representing the possibilities of a ‘hybrid landscape’ – in which buildings and the surrounding environment are fused – the photographs offer a different perspective on architecture, one that downplays a heroic conquest of nature and looks instead for modes of coexistence with it. My photographs combine traditional and new techniques. The images are taken with an 8x10 inch view camera. A common form of equipment for photographers of architecture in the mid-twentieth century, this film camera allows me to move the lens separately from the back of the camera, optically manipulating the perspective, depth-of-field, and angle of focus within each image. Working in this manner is laborious but retains the distinct quality of film, its look and grain structure. My final images possess an extremely high resolution and subtlety, yielding photos that are immersive to the viewer while conveying a physical and tactile sense of the architectural structures and their surrounding spaces.
Born in the United Kingdom, Adam Davies studied painting before switching to large-format photography in the late 2000s. Adam Davies received an EdM from Harvard University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a recipient of grants from the Vira Heinz Endowment, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and has attended residencies at the Chinati Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown and Yaddo. In 2015, Davies was honored as Outstanding Emerging Artist at the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards and was the recipient of the Clarence John Laughlin Award. He is an artist-in-residence at Creative Alliance in Baltimore where his recent exhibition featured collaborations with Los Angeles-based musician Alex Zhang Hungtai and Baltimore-based percussionist Adam Rosenblatt. He is currently working with two award-winning authors: Joan Wickersham on a project based upon the 17th-century Swedish shipwreck Vasa and Ivy Pochoda on an exploration of the annual wildflower bloom that borders the highways in downtown Los Angeles. In March 2019 he will present his graffiti project, Reroutings, at the Mid-Atlantic TED Talk in Washington, DC.