This just in!
David Duplessie Photography A few weeks ago, I sent in a submission for “Abstraction,” a call-for-entry at PhotoPlace Gallery, in Middlebury, Vermont. Yesterday (11/19/2019), I received notice that one of my submitted images was selected for exhibition in the gallery. The image (left), “Abstract Realities 4581,” was selected for the Director’s Award by Juror Kirsten Hoving. Needless to say it came as a total, elated surprise to me. Calls-for-Entry – who knew how beneficial they can be. All artists need to consider them. I am incredibly humbled and grateful.

Here is what Hoving wrote about my winning image: “Director’s Award recipient David Duplessie’s architectural abstraction also relies on the power of shape and space, but in a very different way. In place of organic, sinewy lines, there is  hard-edged geometry, with edges, angles, and a grid of the building blocks, offset by the soft clouds above. The elegant simplicity of the subject, with its nod to the heritage of geometric abstraction in the history of modern art, kept me returning for yet another look.”

David Duplessie, Keep It Minimal, featured image

Why Minimal…
Shooting for the minimal captures the essence of the image without any of the extraneous. When I do photograph a landscape or overall type image I am left wanting to see more, more of the actual image and less of the surrounding information. I love looking at a beautiful scenic or landscape like most other people but when it comes time to really look at an image I want to look closer, deeper at the subject and less at what surrounds it.

Take this image (Green Stripe, left), had I rendered the whole shot then the viewer would see just another building but with only the green stripe the viewer is left to wonder and imagine what it might be or where it might be. This adds to the allure of “Parts and Pieces” and what it truly means. Parts of the whole few people see and even fewer notice in their daily lives. It is this that gives me pleasure, showing people the everyday that they miss every day. It all goes back to that down spout on the roof of Chambord and the shock for others of finding out what and where it was.

Regardless the subject, architecture to kitchen tools, I want to show the cleanest possible image of the subject. Not just to add questions but to add intrigue and interest of the unseen, the un-noticed, to share the inner most value of the subject for the viewer.

But for photographing in a minimalist style, it is all about the Parts of the whole, the Pieces of the whole that people rarely, if ever, see. It is this that interests me.

Thank you for yoour continued interest in my work!