David Dell'oso: Digital is Dead

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From dusk 'til dawn, David Dell'oso is deliriously devoted to his camera. He shoots in squares and in sprockets; he captures life: moving, still, and even the in-betweens. Film is alive, nevertheless! And his holgarrific photographs will never be dead.

Tell us something about yourself.
Hello, my name is Dave. I am a photographer, filmmaker, comic book artist, graphic designer, painter, and sculptor.

How/When did you begin taking pictures? What was your first camera?
I started getting serious about it in my teenage years. I lucked out and got a job at a 1hr photo lab and from there my coworker took me under his wing and taught me pretty much everything i know. He even taught me how to set up my own darkroom! My first real camera was an Olympus camera (can’t remember the name of it) that was fully loaded with everything I wanted in a camera, except a detachable lens.

Describe your style in photography. What are your usual subjects and themes?
I am not sure that i actually have a style but I am interested in the abstract/collage especially with using 35mm in the Holga. When used in portraits, I try to convey a genuine sense of the moment. With abstracts, and landscapes I just try and get the image, which may have 3 or 4 different things going on in it, to flow together.

Amongst your numerous film photographs, which is your favourite?
It would have to be my “Constructed Sunset” photograph that really illustrates my attempt at a style. Two random photographs taken days apart that blend together with cosmic perfection.

What is the soundtrack for your series of photographs?
I am into more ambient music when I am out and about shooting… Apex Twins for sure… It fits nicely with my objectives of the abstract/collage.

We all have our idols, which photographers do you look up to?
Over the past decade it would have to be David Carson, though more known for his graphic design, his photography really taught me how to look at everyday things, places, and people focusing in on the various spacial relationships between them… like having something in the foreground out of focus that would give a sense of something totally different based on the color it might take on or what it happens to be paired with. It really took my photography to another level.

Growing up I have vivid memories of being at the local book store looking at Robert Mapplethorpe books. The technical perfection mixed with images that invoke such a strong reaction in me at least at the time it did. No other photographer caused such a reaction within myself and pushed the envelope for me as to what is art, or what art could be.

If you could take anyone’s portrait using film, can be living or dead, who (would it be), which (camera would you use), and why?
Salvador Dali of course!!! I would shoot 35mm in my Holga and follow him around for the entire day taking rolls and rolls of film eventually stringing them all together into one single print that would span hundreds of feet detailing his entire day. It would be my excuse to just be able to spend some time with him.

Analogue vs. Digital. What makes analogue/film photography more special than digital?
Though I prefer analogue, I really see nothing wrong with digital. But to me, film makes you think things through a little more… makes you more hesitant to pull the trigger.

A lot of people are into photography today, what would you say to them to inspire them more?
Do things that are irrational with your camera, don’t be afraid to experiment, get a basic understanding of shutter speeds and aperture, and definitely get a camera like a Holga.

Do you have any ongoing/future projects?
I have been really attracted to manikins… I have a few already and think that a series of these would be really interesting.

See more of David’s holga shots at ddholga.

written by basterda on 2011-03-11 in #lifestyle #holga #photographers #interview #film

4 Comments

  1. sondyy
    sondyy ·

    wow

  2. badjuju
    badjuju ·

    Just got my holga in the mail today! Cannot wait to start shooting!

  3. pomps
    pomps ·

    love the photos!

  4. aysun
    aysun ·

    Genius

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