SHEPHERDSTOWN – Paris cafés and giant Galapagos tortoises. Mongolian cultural ceremonies and sweeping African desert landscapes.
The Bridge Gallery of Shepherdstown is currently showing the work of Dave Burns, a photographer from Boston with local roots. This is Burns’ first solo art show, and he said he is excited to be pursuing his lifelong passion.
“I’ve had a camera in my hand all of my life. I was the kid with a camera in my hand, always shooting pictures,” Burns said. “When cameras went digital, it went from the hobby to being a real passion. I’ve been pursuing it seriously for about 12 years.”
Burns said his method of choosing photographic subjects is straightforward.
“I find things that I think are beautiful, and I point my camera at them,” Burns said. “I love nature. I love wildlife and landscapes. But I also love the idea of exploring other cultures, of bringing back those experiences and sharing them with other people.”
Kathryn Burns, who owns The Bridge, said she recognized Dave Burns’ talent at first sight.
“He came into the gallery and showed me some of his work, and I was really attracted to it. He is a young man, but he has traveled extensively all over the world. He has a real passion for photography, and his work is just beautiful,” Burns said.
“He’s got a lot of nice black and white photos from Paris, where he used many people in his cityscapes. To me it makes them more interesting and more personal,” she said. “He also has some lovely landscapes from the Pacific Northwest, Africa and Italy. It’s like a little world tour to come and see this show.”