Past Meetup

Art show - Opening reception at "Whats-nu" Art and Clothing Gallery


One of our long time members David Barnes is having an art exhibit at "What's-nu" art and clothing Gallery located at 67 Holland St., Somerville (right next to Orleans in Davis Square) and he’ll have wine and other refreshments. Thursday August 1st, 5-7PM.

**Mention that you heard about this opening through Social Fun and get 10% off any art purchases made during the opening reception**

His art exhibit is called "Double Silhouettes: In-Camera double-exposure photography of the Human Figure" and here is more information about the artwork:

The colorful fine art photography of David Barnes combines two overlapping silhouettes of the human figure. These images were created not in Photoshop, but through a camera double exposure. Each frame of digital "film" is exposed twice, and the model strikes two different poses for the two exposures. The results are highly abstract and very colorful, more reminiscent of a modern acrylic painting than a photograph created entirely in-camera. Barnes has been photographing abstract images of the human form since 2000, and has had many shows and exhibits in the Boston area. Currently he has a show of this work hanging at "True Grounds" (717 Broadway, Somerville) which will be up until 7/31/13.

Some background information on David Barnes: Barnes grew up in the Boston area (Newton), attended Newton North HS, got his BA in music composition at Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania) and spent several years composing and performing music in the Philadelphia area before returning to Boston in the mid-90s. He now lives in Somerville and makes his living as a professional portrait and wedding photographer with studio in Davis Square.

He has worked as a photographic artist since 2000, focusing on increasingly abstract images of the human form. His early black-and-white works for film printed on fiber were centered around the contrast between the live nude form and the urban decay of his shooting locations including underground steam tunnels, all old New England basements and outdoor ruins.

Art Photography site:

In 2004 David switched from film to digital and began working with models in his studio, using mirrors and silver body paint to get complex and abstract figurative works. One of the things he enjoyed about working with mirrors was that it gave his models the opportunity to pose with themselves in the same photo. Taking off on this idea, David began experimenting with multiple-exposure photographs: first with two overlapping positive images, then combining a positive image with a silhouette, and most recently his double-silhouettes. David’s work has been displayed at shows around New England as well as the Midwest and South America. He has twice been awarded “Best in show”, and 4 times received “Judges pick”. He has also received two fellowships to the MacDowell artist colony and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Pew Charitable Trust.

Please also check out his art website for more information (


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