Past Meetup

abstracts/Monument by David Paynter Opening Reception

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The Montgomery County Camera Club is showcasing club member, David Paynter in his very first solo photography exhibition titled “abstracts / Monument”.

The inspiration for David’s gallery show dates back to when he was a college student in Washington, D.C.

David describes this exhibit in his own words.

I went to American University in the mid-1970’s and my dorm room was on the top floor of Letts Hall, facing south. I could see the Washington Monument from my window and every night around midnight, the lit-up obelisk disappeared when the lights were turned off. From that far-off view of the Monument (always capitalized) came my realization that one can see it (or portions thereof) from all over the region. Whether from a car in traffic on a bridge over the Anacostia River or peeking from behind or above a building, rising above the industrial city or as part of the city that people live in, the Monument is always present if you look for it.

Merriam-Webster says that the adjective use of "abstract” "express[es] a quality apart from an object" and “ha[s] only intrinsic form with little or no attempt at pictorial representation or narrative content." These pictures formed themselves in my mind as interesting shapes, colors, textures, or angles. They make my head feel different from the right-in-your-face visual intensity of the world today.

Whether these photographs unconnected to context force one to use one’s own interpretation or are images of a very familiar icon in different contexts, the aim is the same: see things differently.

David has been taking pictures since his first trip to Washington, DC in 1965 with his Hawkeye Instamatic. David enjoys taking landscapes, abstracts, and buildings. Over the past 30-some years David’s wife, Tammy, has been his companion, assistant, and guide. This is also her show.