“Steve Davis is a documentary portrait and landscape photographer, and the Coordinator of Photography at The Evergreen State College. He won 1st place in the Santa Fe Center for Photography’s Project Competition Award in 2002, and received two Washington Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowships . His work has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, and is in the collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the George Eastman House, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Musee de la Photographie in Belgium. He is represented by the James Harris Gallery, Seattle.”
by The MelonWednesday, February 4th, 2009
Arriving in Tacoma a few years ago, I chose not to unpack my art supplies. No watercolors, no mosaics. No craft projects. I wanted only my camera.
This action stopped other distractions and allowed me to solely concentrate on photography. And photography became a wonderful way to learn Tacoma and the Puget Sound areas. My camera became great company on my walks helping me to look carefully and engage with what’s before me.
Another influence on my work has been the combination of digital cameras, software programs and online photographic websites. These developments created a fast work flow for photography. I can take shots, upload them onto my computer for post-processing and upload them onto websites within minutes. The feedback I gain from these websites is both encouraging and immensely helpful to me. Viewing other photographer’s work shows me how others have handled light and composition – the twin champions of good photography. It challenges me to improve and encourages me to get behind my lens to think, learn and shoot.
As I’ve gathered images worthy of display, the City of Tacoma, through their artslistserve site, has informed me about local opportunities for presenting my work. I’ve had my work purchased twice by Pierce County for their public art collection. I’ve shown my work at juried shows at the Proctor Art Fest and at Franke Tobey Jones. I’ve been part of Art at Work Art Slams and with the Proctor Art Walk. My work is also featured on tourist websites for Tacoma, the Olympic Peninsula and in San Diego.
The City of Tacoma also offered me a wonderful opportunity to organize their Photo Safaris. Safaris are a photo event in which locations, not normally accessible to the general public, are presented for a few hours for local photographers to come and shoot. A few weeks following the shoot, I display everyone’s work in the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall. During past safaris, we’ve climbed the clock tower of old City Hall; explored the tower and abandoned rooms of the old Armory; and enjoyed the spectacular view from the bell tower at First Presbyterian Church. Recently, we toured the three theaters that make up the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.
Thank you for taking time with this site. I thank Elliot Trotter, videographer and creator of this site, for selecting me as a featured artist. He’s a good listener who engaged me in interesting conversation making my time on the other side of the lens enjoyable. If you would care to visit my photo site, you may at:
All my photos are for sale. You may contact me at: Sharon@Quietmusic.com
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by Joe La SacMonday, September 8th, 2008
New York Post photographer Jason Nicholas snapped a photo of me just before his own camera was blown apart by a police riot weapon and then was himself arrested and taken into police custody on Labor Day 2008.