This Saturday, November 13th, we have a great show that no one in SF will wanna miss. Dave Schubert is in the house! We are all really excited to have some of Dave’s famous photographs, along with some never seen before.
To get to know Dave a little better, check out this interview, and come to the show this Saturday from 7-11pm!
The photos you take seem to capture the rhythm and movement of every day life– sometimes the in between movements of that life. How many photos do you generally take before sifting them down to what we see here?
I can’t really say. The images here have been selected from photographs I have made over a many different years. In general, I make a photograph or two and move on. For the most part I do not make exposure after exposure of the same subject. Unless I am trying to get something that keeps moving in and out of the frame, but this is not common.
What kind of photographic equipment do you use to realize your work?
I like to use 35mm film cameras. I use small point, shoot cameras, and range finder cameras.
Out of all the photos in this show, do you have a personal favorite? If so, which one/why?
I don’t really have a personal favorite. I like each photograph for a different reason. If I had to choose a favorite I would say the selection of small fiber base black and white images at the back of the gallery. All of these photographs were printed at home in a small cramped darkroom that has no ventilation.
How do you go about the process of editing? (Is it done thematically, aesthetically, according to some sort of narrative, or just pure, total randomness?
After I make contact prints from my film I hangout with the contact sheets for a while. I mark the images I am interested in taking a closer look at on the contact.
After some time has passed I cut out all of the contact prints that I have marked and put them together into a photographic journal/book. I study and look at the images in the journals and get to know the images I have selected. From there I make prints of the photographs I am still interested in seeing.
Do you have any favorite locations or subjects that you like to work with? Why?
One of my favorite locations to work is downtown San Francisco in the fall and the winter. In the hour/hour and a half before the sunsets. The northern California fall/winter light is beautiful.
What sorts of things are you looking to capture with your work? (Do you think you are successful in doing this?)
I look for photographs that interest me. Sometimes I get lucky.
How do you go about capturing your subjects without disturbing a setting or mood? Many of your photos seem like covert undercover snapshots of pure life.
I try to be unobtrusive, stay out of the way, and work quickly.
Do you feel like your work has changed since moving to San Francisco? If yes, how so? If no, then what parts of it have stayed the same?
I wouldn’t say my work has changed. I would say it has evolved. I think that evolution is part of the natural progression for anyone who works in a creative manner.