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David B. Polley - at the beachDavid B. Polley - first lightDavid B. Polley - the tide rolls inDavid B. Polley - a wave receedsDavid B. Polley - last lightDavid B. Polley - the bathersDavid B. Polley - beach variation 1
Barnett's beachDavid B. Polley - beach abstraction 1 
Brice's beachDavid B. Polley - beach abstraction 5
Onement beachDavid B. Polley - beach variation 2
David B. Polley
at the beach: a series of color photographs

My photography documents the abstractions I see in the natural world.
My technique in uncomplicated; I blur my camera’s lens to deconstruct objects/scenes and emphasize the simplicity of form. I am interested in spatial ambiguity and color relationships. I manipulate depth of field to create images where the subject is related to but not a direct representation of what is in front of my camera’s lens.

My current work explores a range of abstractions which reference the beach environment. I am drawn to the daily rhythms of light and sea and the experience of varying weather conditions. I am also interested in the search for the essence of the beach landscape in urban settings. My beach variations are inspired by the photographs I take at the beach but are actually photographed in urban settings.The series is ongoing and more work is available than is presented here.

My work is printed on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper from digital scans of color negatives. The work is 22.5 by 32 or 22.5 by 22.5 inches.


David Polley (b.1959 Oneonta, NY) is a self taught photographer/choreographer living and working in upstate NY/Boston/Cape Cod. Recent exhibitions include juried member shows at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Juror’s Choice Award for Photography) and the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA.
He is the recipient of several Strategic Opportunity Stipend grants from the New York Foundation of the Arts and has a long history of working with nonprofits in grant writing, volunteer development and organizing community events.
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