The Spaces Between by Dan Root

Dan Root

Walnut Creek, CA - United States


Using black & white film and printing in a darkroom has been my passion since I was a young teen. The technical process has always appealed to me - the care and attention to detail required to create good images is a challenge that I love. Successfully controlling all the variables - exposure, chemical temperatures, development times and printing with an enlarger, is an ultimate satisfaction.

I'm drawn to the artificial landscapes of the urban settings we live in. The subjects of my images can be found on city streets and in rundown industrial areas on the outskirts of town. There is inherent beauty to be found in these often overlooked scenes. By isolating elements in chaotic landscapes, I abstract them and hope to give a sense of grandeur that is missing at the first glance.

In the last 15 years I've had professional experience in the photography industry - I worked as a studio photographer in NYC, have taught fine art printing workshops in Canberra, Australia, and have exhibited my black and white photography internationally.

Artist statement

I'm inspired by interesting industrial architecture, compositions that have a dramatic balance of light and dark, and textures and surfaces of the modern environment. I'm inspired by 20th century abstract and optical art and the Asian aesthetic of negative space.

Local shows

I currently exhibit my photographic prints at the San Francisco photography gallery RayKo Photo Center, located at 428 3rd St.
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