Taking DADA Seriously.

September 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have decided to get serious with my Urban Dada work. I showed a number of my shots to a professional photojournalist at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (https://www.philaphotoarts.org) and she liked my work very much.

The Photographer said my 'eye' and sense of composition and message was great and very gallery worthy, but that the level of tech I was using (12 Mega Pixel Canon DSLR) was too low in quality. She said the photos should be printed large and that with Lightroom I could do a lot to enhance them - especially if they are shot in RAW.

 So after some contemplation I decided to invest in a side gig as a street photographer and see where it leads me. I bought a new Nikon D810 SLR that shoots at 35.3 MP and in RAW - which my Canon could not.

 Now I have been going around Philadelphia trying to find DADA that I had shot previously this year, and found a few - but many were just gone. One was an old building in Northern Liberties that had been heavily DADA-ed. I went back 2 weeks later and the building had been razed and replaced by a modular new apartment building as part of the continued gentrification of Philly. At least now when I find new DADA it can be preserved in greater quality! But one of my criteria for DADA is that it be temporary - here today and gone tomorrow, and the photo is the only record of its existence.

 


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