In 1969, Dave joined the Air Force out of High School, but by 1976, he had entered into a partnership with another photographer to open a portrait studio called Double Exposures (while staying in the AF 20 years). The plan was that Warner would do all of the darkroom work, while the partner, a seasoned photographer, would take all the pictures.
This arrangement worked well for almost a year – until the first photo competition. Warner swept each category, which, needless to say, ultimately ended the partnership. For the next nine years, Warner became one of the most recognizable photographers in South Central Texas and in many Air Force publications and competitions. Photojournalism assignments, weddings, and portraits kept Warner busy.
However, the more Warner worked with his camera, the more passionate he became about transitioning from commercial photography to fine art photography. His vision was to capture landscapes and people in a way that hadn’t been seen before, using the latest camera technology coupled with his mastery of darkroom lighting techniques to create images that would stop people in their tracks. However, in 1983, life took Dave away from the camera for almost 14 years.
During that time, Dave had been watching the technology revolution occurring in photography, photo manipulation software and the new digital cameras and printers. During his off years, he read everything he could get his hands on and worked with the software programs.
By 2003 the tug of photography and the unfulfilled desire to create his fine art landscapes and portraits became such a driving force, that he and his wife moved to Galveston to open Bremond House Gallery, where he could display his work.
His landscape and nature photography quickly gained regional as well as national interest. The exuberance he felt in achieving one of his lifelong dreams created a desire to help other artists who were struggling to get ahead.
The hurricanes at the end of 2005, convinced Dave that Galveston was just not the right spot, so with his wife Deborah, and Springer Spaniel Baxter, they moved to Elgin, Texas – just 10 miles east of Austin in 2006. They immediately opened a 2,500 square foot commercial studio.
However... a move to the Adirondacks came about two years later, and now they are settling into this beautiful area where Dave can continue working on his 'Adirondack Lifestyle' images.
He also produces a series of photography podcasts at www.lensflare35.com - check them out!
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- David Warner
- July 2008
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