About David Berg Photography
David Berg - Artist Statement
I love photography.
I love how it allows me to define the edges of a moment in time. How I can isolate an object or frame a scene.
In my photography, I can narrow down a particular view and then capture it precisely. I can hone in on a color or a shape, a pattern or a form. I can move in for a close-up, step back for a wide view, look for the light or seek out the shadow. I can make sense out of seeming chaos, and capture the mood of a moment.
I want my photographs to delight viewers with colors, shapes and forms, and enable them to see something they might miss or have not seen before. I want my photographs to surprise, to inspire, to elicit a simple, “Wow.”
I love photography.
David Berg - Bio
It was my brothers’ camera. He bought it at the PX where he was stationed with the US Army in Germany. It was a Canon single lens reflex camera and he had three lenses. A normal lens, a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens. We were both home on leave and were with the family on a fall vacation on the north shore of Lake Superior.
I became fascinated with the camera. I could see exactly what the photo would look like by looking directly through the lens! I could change the focus and this thing called ‘depth-of-field’. Amazing! I must have driven to the general store in town at least five time that weekend to buy more film.
I went back to my Army post in Washington D.C. and started reading every photo magazine I could get my hands on. The newest camera with the best reviews in 1972 was the Nikon F2. I saved my money and sent $1500 to my brother in Germany because he could buy the camera cheaper from the PX over there. A Nikon F2, four lenses, a bellows attachment and a big handle flash. My brother said I was crazy. My only experience with a camera had been one weekend in Duluth! But I insisted. One huge box from Germany arrived in Minneapolis just a week after I had been discharged from the Army.
I’ve never looked back. When I married Linda in 1980, she did not want an engagement ring – she wanted her own Nikon camera. She had to wait 20 years but in 2000 I bought her a Nikon F5. I shoot color, she shoots black and white. And yes, we are still married!
We went digital in 2003. Linda bought a small Nikon Cooplix 5500 for a trip she took to Berlin. I didn’t think digital photos were as good as film but when she came home and we discovered just how easy and cheaply we could immediately download, edit and print our photos we literally and figuratively saw the future. It wasn’t film!
Today it’s a 36 MP, full frame Nikon d810, six lenses covering 17 to 400 mm, an Epson SureColor p800 printer with roll attachment for printing panoramas and a five TB external hard drive to hold the giant files. We shoot everything in color, then Linda can flip the ones she wants to black and white in Adobe Lightroom. And we are still married.
I blame my brother. He should never have let me use his camera!