David Saxe. We first met while I was selling my handmade jewelry at Northwood Village‘s Art & Wine Promenade. His photography captures something intangible, touches your heart, makes you smile, and see some of the same places/people in a different light.
Tell me a bit about yourself. What is your background?
I was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to the US about 20 years ago. Although I spend my summers in Vermont, I have been a West Palm Beach resident since 2006.
What sparked your interest in photography & when?
It is hard to say. I think my two major influences were my intense love of going to movies, and the fact that my parents had a subscription to Life Magazine. In both cases, I was fascinated with looking at those images and the emotions they managed to bring out of me.
What is your favorite camera to shoot with?
I have owned many cameras over the years. It doesn’t really matter to me. I like smaller cameras because they are less noticeable. Other than that, an excellent quality lens, and a “full frame” format will do.
Is there a favorite place in Florida that you like to shoot?
There are a few places that I seem to return to quite regularly. One reason is that I tend to shoot in “projects” and some of those projects are identified with a certain place. For instance one of my longest on-going projects has been Hollywood Beach. Don’t ask me why but it seems to have a very personal fascination with me and I have been going there 4 or 5 times a year for the past 5 years. Other than that, there are a few spots in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth that I favor.
What do you look for when shooting a scene?
Certain places, or themes have very intense and personal attractions for me. It is not based on anything pretty or picturesque, but mostly emotional feelings that they tend to bring out in me. It is mostly an exploration which although uncovered mostly by accident, I then continue to explore further in greater depth. For instance some of my current projects have been Small Towns in America, Dixie Highway, Solitude, and Daytona Bike Week. I also have some projects that have been going on for years such as Music, Drinking, and Paris.
Is there a shot that you’re most proud of? If so, which is it and why?
Not really. I seem to be more proud of some of my projects—not really the photos included in them. Some of those I keep up on my website at www.dsaxe.com
This is less of a question but more of an observation. I’ve seen many of the same scenes you’ve photographed but never in the manner which you’ve captured them. There’s something about your photographs that I feel can’t be recreated. That said, any tips and advice to hobbyist/aspiring photographers like myself?
Excellent observation! That is what photography is all about. All I can say to others is to be open, receptive and not be afraid to take chances. Shoot what you feel, not what you see.
Head over to his website to discover more of his work.