Episode 26 with DAVID VERESPY
Hi, I’m David Verespy, Professional Photographer. But, I am way more than that, I am an active creative professional who really can’t sit still without creating something. I have been a creative all of my life, whether it be drawing, doodling, painting, sculpting, photography, print making, writing, inventing or exploring the creative world. I create with an eye towards a unique view and experience while capturing the moment.
I have a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with a Minor in Art from the University of Rhode Island. I am a registered Landscape Architect and have been in the profession of Landscape Architecture for the past 27 years. I have been an active part of that community, holding leadership positions in the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2007, I started my own Landscape Architecture firm designing and managing the construction of numerous commercial and residential properties. I create beautiful gardens and spaces, each a series of imagined vignettes brought to life in stone and plants.
But, I wasn’t satisfied, I found myself continually drawn back to a vantage point behind the lens.
I am that guy who will stop in the middle of Disney, the airport, the slopes or on a busy street, pause what I am doing to take that special photograph for another person or family. Why? The moments we live in are fleeting. Time and people pass us by without a thought and then are gone. When I have the opportunity to capture a moment for someone that means something to them it means so much to me. A moment in my life to stop and take a photo for someone is nothing compared to the joy it may bring to them in creating that life-long memory. Each time I stop to do this I envision the image finding its home framed as a centerpiece on someone’s shelf, a treasured memento of a special time.
Photography has always been part of who I am. I can usually be found with at least one camera on me. Early on I started with a Kodak 110 camera with a pocket full of flash cubes. I would cart that camera all over the place, capturing view of the world from a child’s perspective. I worked as a photographer for both my high school and college yearbooks and newspapers gaining more technical experience and using better equipment. An immersion into Photography during my college years allowed me to experiment with different technologies and equipment, expanding my creative voice. Over the years I gathered equipment, experimented with other formats and learned all I could. It wasn’t till I had children, which coincided with the emergence of Digital photography, that I put all the equipment and learning to good use. I was a very early adopter of digital imaging, which has expanded my creative voice. I have recently taken my photography to the skies and am a licensed drone pilot.
Photography is at its most basic level is the manipulation and capture of light. I look for the perfect natural light or work with studio lights to sculpt shadows and light to create the ideal image. I try to go beyond merely cataloging that moment, I capture the energy, emotion and essence of that moment. When I am photographing people, I endeavor to capture who they are. Each photo tells a story. Let me help you tell your story.