Nick

12/30/17

It is always a pleasure to see my photography supporting good causes such as Nick Autiello's campaign for state senator!


"When my great grandparents immigrated to America, they lived in a house that was on this spot, but has since been torn down. They were able to build a life here, and support my great aunts and uncles and my grandfather. Several of them fought in World War II, my grandfather was too young. 

I'm running for office to revive the spirit of those immigrants and the Greatest Generation, based on the values that none of us is an island unto ourselves, that we must make sacrifices in order to assure the continued survival of democracy and freedom, and that there are, in fact, things more important than oneself. 

The challenges we face in the coming years and decades may happen less conspicuously than the world moving events of the 1930's and 40's, but they will be no less dramatic in how they transform our lives. 

This week, Congress and the President wreaked havoc on the future once again. And their irresponsible selling out of our generation, which will further destroy our social contract in the coming years, is infuriating. 

It's time for a new generation of leadership in Rhode Island and in statehouses around the country who want to tackle the big issues we face: restoring our democracy and the value of citizenship, reducing inequality, and understanding how the huge technological trends we've barely begun to understand will shape our world, and what we need to do in response.
 — in Providence, Rhode Island."

 


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arrival

12/29/17

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive...."

~Anaïs Nin - The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

 


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An offer I couldn't refuse

12/27/17

One of the more memorable parties that I have attended was The Godfather party at The Dorrance a few years back. I was delighted to print this photograph and others  of The Lesters taken from that night as a Christmas present.

"Located in the heart of downtown Providence, The Dorrance restaurant maintains the timeless elegance of yesteryear in a gleaming, contemporary way. High ornate ceilings, a long, luxurious bar, and a well-appointed dining room are the backdrop for hand-crafted cocktails and globally-inspired, New England cuisine that commands respect."

 


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This is my favorite picture of Don Lester!
-- Ray Nuñez, 12/27/17



observer

12/26/17

“I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.” 

~Neil Gaiman - The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones.

 


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The art of giving

12/25/17

I was so thrilled to receive a message this Christmas morning "She absolutely loves it David!" In the spirit of giving artful gifts, a dear client viewed the collection at the Providence Biltmore and purchased "Beyond the Queen's Chamber", a large scale photograph of the queen's chamber in Blarney Castle, Cork, Ireland. 

"There is a time of day inside the Queen’s Chamber of Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland
where the sunlight bathes across the stone floor among shadows deep 

perhaps with a promise of something more just beyond . . . "





 


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balance

12/23/17

When asked to photograph a series on unusual violins, I was fortunate to have artist Virginia Fitzgerald model with a beautiful violin belonging to artist David A. Lang's father. We walked across the street from her studio finding artful solace in a stand of tall trees. The goal was to capture the fleeting feeling of art, music and nature in perfect balance.


  

 


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Deckie

12/22/17

The magical undefined energy of Ireland's landscape, people and history deeply resonates with me. This photograph was taken in Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland with the charismatic and talented Deckie Hunt. Deckie had a particular talent for communicating with all creatures great and small.



~dlb

 


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Spogga

12/20/17

“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” 

~Tom Waits

 


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This is my body . . .

12/19/17

"This is my body . . ."



Resting high above the medieval village of Ennistimon, County Clare, Ireland is an abandoned convent.  

These baking tins and crucifix were found in the kitchens of the convent beneath years of debris.



One can imagine the tender care that the nuns once took in generously preparing bread for their flock, funerals, celebrations and the larger community . . .



~David Lee Black

 


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temple

12/17/17

“Forests were the first temples of God and in forests men grasped their first idea of architecture.” 

~James C. Snyder, An Introduction to Architecture

 


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remain

12/16/17

Returning to the abandoned irish Sisters of Mercy Convent in Co. Clare this past year was especially poignant with artist David Lang. I keep getting lost in the nuances of the images that are seemingly in a state of decay but retain a storytelling value.

Thank you David for showing me this kingdom of treasures . . .

 


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blue artist talk

12/15/17

Join us today for an afternoon of Artist Talks, featuring exhibitors in our BLUE exhibition including yours truly.
This event is free and open to the public!


 


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Sometimes I drum

12/14/17

Banging on a snare drum tonight with this wacky band at the The Dorrance.
Must remember to bring unicorn and wrist-laser beams . . .

 


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space

12/13/17

Fountain Street Gallery opens its international juried show, SPACE INVADERS, featuring work by forty-two artists including myself who utilize an array of media including paint, fibers, graphite, video, and photography, as they explore the world around them.

SPACE INVADERS explores the concept and our understanding of space as it defines our world and our relationship to reality; from personal space to public space, from empty space to over-filled spaces, and from smaller formal moments in a composition to the vast conceptual realm of human thought. Space, in its myriad forms, serves as a place for self-conscious reflection, calling into question our own awareness of the area through which we move and occupy, while forging new connections to the world around us.








 


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portraiture

12/12/17

"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place." 

~Lain S. Thomas

 


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joy

12/11/17

“It takes a very long time to become young.” 

~Pablo Picasso

 


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quiver

12/10/17

“Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want--you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don't know. I've forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn't matter, so long as you move."

~Ann Rand

 


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long distance relationship

12/8/17

" Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children."

~Pablo Picasso

 


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long distance runner

12/7/17

Proud to be part of this worthwhile show~

 


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oben

12/5/17

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."

~Meister Eckhart

 


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Silhouettes

12/4/17

"Silhouettes" has sold out all but one! An order has been placed for additional copies.  Put your name in now for your copy or perhaps to give as an artful gift.
For information on how to do so, inquire within~

https://youtu.be/p900r24U6pw

 


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Gorgeous!
-- Dick Littlehale, 12/4/17



Passage

12/2/17

Where do we go when we die? Is death only another moment? Where do we come from? What exactly is this dream between birth and dying?


Every generation thinks that these are “crucial times” but the threads of these larger questions have interlaced the human condition from the beginning. 



“Passage. . .”explores the thresholds of the human experience. 



Worcester JCC Gallery

633 Salisbury St.  |  Worcester, MA

Nov. 12, 2017 - Jan. 19, 2018




 


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Give

12/1/17

Thinking about a photo shoot? What about GIVING a gift certificate for a conceptual shoot to your loved ones? Book now at info@davidleeblack.com and save 20%! #makeportraits

 


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now

12/1/17

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” 

~Anne Frank, written in WWII concentration camp

 


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