Dave Martin, Austin, TX Member Since December 2007 Artist Statement
I have always love photography. I loved being able to capture a moment in time to preserve forever, even after that moment was gone forever.
In the early to mid-1980's, I took photos of Big Bend National Park, Enchanted Rock State Park, Inks Lake State Park, Sonora Caverns and the pictographs at Seminole Canyon State Historical Park. In 1984 I went with a former high school teacher and classmates to the Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon and Zion Canyon. Cindy Radle, my teacher, had a tradition of taking photos of everybody's feet, just to prove you were there. I took one of my foot hanging off the edge of The Window in the basin of Big Bend, and one dangling off the high top of Angel's Landing in Zion.
In 1989 my partner and I went to Cozumel. Sadly, the beaches had been washed away by storms, so all we got there were sharp rocks filled with sea urchins. We did go to the Yucatan mainland to Xel-Ha, where I managed to get some snaps of the native lizards. I also was introduced to an ancient Mayan liquor, Xtabentun (pronounced shta-BIN-toon).
I took photos at the Texas Renaissance Festival, at Moody Gardens in Galveston, the San Antonio Zoo & Botanical Gardens in the 1990s.
Then came digital. No longer would I have to get my photos processed. I could let my creativity thrive. My best images were shot in 2004 during a two week trip to Italy, but I've also taken a great number of snaps around Austin and of wildflowers along the Texas roadways. I learned how to take macro shots, and began to get really close to all sorts of things -- insects, flowers, mushrooms, textures.
Not sure where all this is leading me, but I'm enjoying the ride!