The Shadow Knows
I love morning shadows. Because they are areas from which sunlight has been blocked, shadows are ephemeral. Their shape and length depends on the changing elevation angle of the sun and on the objects that are obstructing its rays.
On the earth and snow that are within my view, these shadows are like painted silhouettes making me aware of buildings, trees, and people that are often beyond my gaze. The morning light and the shadows it casts are visually evocative and abstract, predicting the elusive and ever changing challenges of the coming day.
My landscape photographs incorporate these shadows in simple, subdued compositions of natural elements and classic, sometimes vacant, buildings. The early hour, the illusion that I am the only witness, the exclusion of complicating elements from the frame, and the shadows combine to impart a surrealistic impression of a fleeting moment in time.
David Feigenbaum’s photographs reveal his interest in the contradictions of daily life—public and private, old and new, static and active, populated and empty. Many of his images capture the ephemeral patterns and textures cast by shadows in the morning and evening across urban and suburban streetscapes. Anonymous figures sometimes appear in the scenes.
Recent bodies of his work include “Good Morning, Sun—the urban landscape illuminated and revealed,” “A Conversation with Albert Fitch Bellows, 19th-century genre and landscape painter,” “Nuts to You, a photographic exploration of the pun,” and “The Northern Avenue Bridge, an urban relic.”
Feigenbaum’s work has been exhibited in the March 2014 and 2015 Photography Atelier exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester; at the Sanborn House Historical and Cultural Center, Winchester, Mass.; and on Captivate, the in-office media network. His architectural photographs appear in “Arts and Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England”, by architectural historian Maureen Meister, and “Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City”, by Robert A.M. Stern, et al.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh and educated at Yale College and Harvard Law School, Feigenbaum is a patent lawyer focusing on high-tech startup ventures. He is a board member of From the Top, the National Public Radio show that celebrates extraordinarily talented young classical musicians. A lifelong photographer, he has studied portfolio development with Karen Davis and Meg Birnbaum in the Photography Atelier at the Griffin Museum of Photography.
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