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Art Exhibit by David Nicholls
Art Exhibit by David Nicholls
March 01, 2019 —April 30, 2019

Cornwall Public Library Presents Art Exhibit by David Nicholls

CORNWALL, NY – The Cornwall Public Library will host a reception on Saturday, March 1, from 3-5 p.m. to kick off an art exhibit, La Serenissima: Images of Venice, by local artist David Nicholls.
Nicholls was born and raised in London, England, and in his young days was introduced to the joys of taking and printing photos – usually, family vacation snapshots – by his father. As he grew older, he developed an interest in historic buildings, which he recorded on an Olympus OM1 camera with Kodachrome 64 slide film. Early on, Nicholls’ photography was mainly documentary rather than expressions of artistic intent. In 1989, he and his wife, Laura, settled in Cornwall, though Nicholls’ photographic efforts still focused on recording the sights experienced on annual visits back to the United Kingdom.
By 2004, while his trusty OM1 was still going strong, Nicholls decided to go digital with the purchase of a Nikon D70 SLR. The digital medium has opened up his creative process, and Nicholls believes his work has become more interesting as a result.
His work will be on display in the library community room through April.
Artist statement:
“La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic, Venice has been a magnet for tourists since the 18th century. Canaletto, Guardi, and Turner, to name but a few artists, have all left us memorable images of the city, and while I naturally would not presume to place my name among these luminaries, images from earlier times have been an inspiration for my work shown here.
Digital photography now allows photographers much simpler means than traditional film photography to control the tonal range, color, and details of their photographs, and this is what I have attempted in these images shown here. My main inspirations have been the 19th century watercolors that would have been produced by many competent amateurs in their travels, and, by the late 19th century, color postcards that used the photochrom process to colorize black-and-white photographs.
I hope you enjoy them.”

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