Michael J D'Amato
A Journey Through Shadow, Shape and Structure
“The greatest joy for me is geometry; that means a structure…it’s a recognition of order which is in front of you”
- Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer
Geometry and architecture are inexorably bound. Shapes, curves, angles and lines give rise to construction that marries beauty and purpose.
Light, shadow and atmospheric change trick the eye and cause an ordinary structure to appear both static and dynamic.
This series is intended to encourage you to look at architecture with new eyes - to experience the majesty of form.
My goal was to place into stark relief the most basic of shapes – geometric – and examine them on their own terms.
All images were captured using standard DSLR shooting techniques, maximizing the effect that natural light has on moving clouds and water. Choosing various perspectives, using long exposure settings, and darkening filters produced black and white images that have an air of mystery and diffusion.
Blurred figures, soft, creamy clouds and placid, glass-like water combine to remove the viewer from reality and engage in a dialogue with a familiar yet altered world.
“Only squares and circles, lines and ellipses can elegantly explain and
simplify the complex meaning of life”
- Arthur Carter, American sculptor
Recent awards and showings:
February - March 2019, Cultural Council of Palm Beach, “Shape, Shadow & Structure”, eight black and white architectural images.
September 2017, Keiser Univ., NYC Exhibition, "Radiator Cap,", "Reflecting Pools," Central Park Boathouse and NYC Skyline were on display.
March - June 2017, Hollywood City Hall, a group of 16 photographs reflecting people and places from North America to Southeast Asia.
March 2017, Art Boca Raton/Art Synergy (Juried) "Two Women at Hagia Sophia"
January 2017, The Crest Theatre, Delray Beach, FL, "Anhingas in the Sun", was on exhibit.
November 2016, The Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL, "Radiator Cap", "Royalty House", "Spirit of Light", "Standing Among the Shadows", and "Networking" were exhibited for a monthlong display.
February 2016, Coral Springs Museum of Art, FL, "Networking - Ko Samui" and "At the End of the Day" were on display.
In 2015 "Radiator Cap - Chrysler Building" won 7th place nationwide in the Light, Space & Time Open Art Competition, and "Angles & Curves I" won Special Recognition.
After qualifying for the Boca Artists' Guild Signature Member status, "Angles & Curves I" won 1st Place in the FAU Living Room Theatre XXXII Juried Exhibition.
Video projects can be found at youtube.com, search Michael J D'Amato
Crossing Morocco 2018: Fifteen days and 1500 miles across this multifaceted country.
Shape, Shadow and Structure, Twenty-six architectural black and white images of iconic structures.
Southeast Asia: from Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and ending in Hong Kong.
Great Britain: touring England, Scotland and the surrounding islands.
A Show of Hands is available in a 28-page and full color e-book and hardcover formats.
A Journey Through Spain is a complete DVD - photos and Spanish guitar soundtrack - which captures the majesty of four great Spanish cities: Sevilla, Valencia, Granada and Barcelona.