David P. Willis
ORIGINATIVE PHOTOGRAPHER & INVENTOR
Over 50 years of proven legacy in fine-art photography & photographic inventions.
About the Photographer
I have been a photographer for over 50 years, exploring the dynamics of photographic space. My range of experience includes work with almost all photographic media including large format 4”x5” and 8”x10”, medium format, 35mm black and white and color, 16mm film, multi-media presentations, and work in video and now in digital image-making.
I have had considerable experience working with photographic compositions with projected, video, and now with digital imaging for Gyclee and dye-transfer aluminum prints.
Over the years, I have experimented with the design and construction of photographic devices in order to explore the expansion of photographic space for which equipment was not available to me at the time.
In the seventies, I designed a total environmental camera that could photograph a 360 by 180-degree space. This was probably the world’s first “virtual reality” camera.
This proclivity to invent devices further extended to designing a ‘multiple projection system’ that allowed a photographer to spontaneously project images with a keyboard operated control system; to shooting and editing methodologies with the early “Steady Cam” video cameras first available back in the 70s; to explorations in digital photographic manipulations from the 80’s to the present and finally to my most recent inventions – The RiflePod and The MirrorsPod.
"My formal education in photography was at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where I earned my B.F.A degree in Photographic Illustration. I went on and earned my M.F.A. at the Visual Studies Workshop under the direction of Nathan Lyons, where I completed my thesis utilizing my six slide projector system and 16mm film all projected through prisms onto shaped screens. It was a performance piece whereby the images were controlled by a keyboard device and were synchronized with a soundtrack that I recorded from nature and various musical instruments."
All of this work of the exploration of photographic space and expression includes my fifty years plus of fine-art work in the categories of iconography, visual metaphoric relationships, panoramic compositions, and other categories. My fine-art work is currently available for purchase on www.saatchiart.com