In the exhibition, The Art of Birds, David Wong presents photographs of birds not just as beautiful animals in the avian world but as creatures naturally displaying artistic form and function whether in dynamic flight or in posed portraits. Wong shoots his birds in extremely high-frame rates of capture, looking for the minute changes in poses of the head, eyes, wings, and body position which gives the viewer the most artistic view of the bird or birds as they move through space. If Wong captures a beautiful photograph of a bird sitting on a branch, he considers that merely a nice snapshot instead of creating an impactful bird story. The way a particular bird is posed against its background or captured in its movement is as important to a successful bird photograph as are the details and colors of its wings and body. Sometimes Wong photographs his subjects with minimal detail to highlight the bird’s form, suggesting brush strokes in a portrait that a muralist might paint. Other times he considers the artistic relationship of the bird to the background and the composition even more important than the avian subject itself.
David Wong has been a lifelong photographer. His photographic world changed significantly in 2006 after printing a series of digital landscapes starting with an image of Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Night Sentinel. This photograph and the images that followed from that time helped to clarify his vision of photography, as an artful creation and not merely one where a snapshot is captured.
As his knowledge of art and photographic skills advanced, David joined Art Works Gallery in Grass Valley, exhibiting his images on a regular basis. His photographic fine prints have been exhibited in coastal galleries and in juried shows in Northern California and at galleries in Beacon, New York. Additional roots in the New York art community deepened when David taught summer intensive photography classes at Vassar College. Closer to home, David became active in the photography community first as President of the Nevada County Camera Club and later as President of Art Works Gallery. He is a frequent judge and photo critic for photography clubs in the Sacramento Valley. David also serves on the curatorial committee of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.
For the past five years, he has been leading photographers in a series of workshops and tours to China, Italy, France, and Ireland twice a year. Future workshops include Costa Rica, Africa, and an expanded series in the United States. David will continue to return to favorite locations In Ireland and Italy.
You can contact David Wong and view his work at www.photographybydavidwong.com