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California based artist Davidjohn Lotto is a self taught photographer who has been making photographs for the past twenty years. He assisted Oliver Gagliani in his Nevada workshops for three years teaching silver based technique, but he ultimately found his own creative voice in platinum/palladium processing. He often uses older lenses as well as soft focus lenses to capture his images. His meticulous printing on delicate handmade Japanese Gampi paper creates images that evoke the soulful sensitivity of early Pictorialism.
Davidjohn has a degree in Psychology and is a life-long student of Buddhism. “I have always been interested in emotional states and photography merges perfectly with these two interests, allowing me to explore my emotions visually as well as psychologically and spiritually.” For him photography is “a way to portray the inevitable but difficult process of understanding and coming to terms with self.” Davidjohn’s work has been published in B&W Magazine, View Camera Magazine, and Zen Bell. He is currently publishing a book of his photographs which will be available in late 2006.
[Courtesy of Watermark Fine Art Photographs & Books, November 2007]