For more than 30 years, David Kalman has pursued his passion for creative landscape photography, dramatically capturing the timeless beauty of the world around us. A single flower, a canal in Venice, Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, and the lush greenery of Connecticut are just part of his expansive portfolio and stand testament to the depth of his avocation.
Through the years, Mr. Kalman has experimented with different formats in order to achieve brilliant clarity and exacting detail. After starting with an inexpensive single lens reflex camera in 1988, Mr. Kalman graduated to medium format in 1989, then to a 4x5 format, and most recently to the cutting-edge 11-megapixel digital format. The burst of rich color and sharp detail in his photography rival images produced by large-format 4x5 landscape cameras.
To further refine his technique, Mr. Kalman has participated in numerous photography workshops worldwide organized by Joe Englander of Englander Photography. Mr. Englander received his training from the legendary Ansel Adams. In addition to workshops resulting in several series from national parks, Santa Fe, and Taos, David has also produced dramatic series of Texas wildflowers and the redwoods of northern California. His international workshops produced series on Alaska, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and Norway. His photography of Norway, Italy, Colorado and Maine proved so popular that he self-published three books on those series.
“Photography requires absolute concentration,” says Mr. Kalman. “When I’m behind the camera, my attention is totally focused on the image, the exposure, and the details of the scene. I am completely absorbed in the process and as remote as possible from the stress and demands of my business life.”
In recent years, Mr. Kalman’s photography has been accepted in juried shows at the Mystic Art Association and The New Canaan Arts Center, where he earned second place for Color in each show. He has participated in the Westport Downtown Merchants Arts Show, the Ridgefield Arts Center, and the Rowayton Art Association, where he received first prize in the Color Photography category.
He has had a one-man show at the Westport Arts Center featuring images from Italy, as well as the Westport Library, featuring images from Maine and Colorado. In addition, four of his black-and-white images were displayed in a separate mixed media show at the Westport Arts Center, which also featured the work of artist Wolf Kahn.
His work has also been exhibited at the Norwalk Art Gallery in a show entitled Transcending Time, where he displayed more than 40 photographs from his national and international travels.
Today, David specializes in both medium- and large-format digital photography. He does his own printing on high-quality, fine art matte paper in a dry dark room using the latest Photoshop technology. After spending years dedicated to the beauty of nature, David finds his interest turning more and more toward people and the “landscape” of faces, focusing on candid versus formal portraits. He selects his photography destinations and subjects based on whatever captures his imagination at the moment, frequently turning a business trip, during which he rarely travels without his cameras, into an opportunity to leave the commercial behind, however momentarily, and focus on the beauty of his surroundings.
In March and April of 2008, David placed second for color photography at the Rowayton Arts Center and the Annual Wilton Library event with 280 entrees.
In September 2008, David had a featured Photography Show at the Westport Arts Center. He had 11 images from Bodie, a ghost town in Northern California. Also in September he placed first in Photography at a juried show in Rowayton, Connecticut. There were over 180 entries and 38 were shown.