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Tim Davis What about the Children.
  • Tim Davis What about the Children.

On a trip through Holbrook, Ariz., Tim Davis came across an old truck. He photographed the rusted-out fender, and the colorful photograph "Ponder" was born.

Such is work, in Davis' unique style.

"What I love is how objects weather and erode ... there's such wonderful randomness to it," says the local artist. "I take the randomness and construct meaning by making a composition."

The photographs in A Photographic Meditation on Ordinary Objects, Davis' upcoming downtown show, have the feel of artistically rendered abstract paintings. Viewers will find themselves intrigued by the lines and patterns of the artwork, and might find themselves wondering, "What exactly is that?" as they try to find meaning in the images.

While Davis' subjects may appear unrecognizable, they are, in fact, original photos of common objects such as trains, boat hulls or the sides of buildings. One common thread among Davis' subjects is that they have "had a life."

"Old, worn, weathered and well-used industrial objects often hold the greatest attraction for me, since those surfaces provide rich material for my imagination," he says. "Making sense of those randomly occurring lines, colors and textures is my meditation and my joy."

"What about the Children," a piece that evokes feelings of abandonment and loneliness, appears to have a figure in the photograph that Davis says makes him think of "a child standing alone in a doorway." The image is actually a sideways view of a wall and a window in an old tin building in the Arts Depot District in Colorado Springs.

"Mostly what I shoot photographs of is what people never look at," Davis says. "I think people are fascinated by the idea of something beautiful out of something mundane. Aging is a part of the life experience. There is a history in objects."

Many of his photographs are "finished" when he takes the picture, while others he may experiment with by cropping, rotating and adjusting the contrasts of the colors to achieve the final artistic expression.

Davis has been professionally pursuing his career as an art photographer since 2000, and is now showing his work nationally. He began shooting film with a standard 35 mm camera, but has made the transition to digital, which allows him instant access to his images.

He limits print editions of his photographs to five or 10 to keep his work fresh and exciting. In addition to this exhibition of 15 large photographs at Rico's, he has a show at the Pikes Peak Center on Oct. 21.

Tim Davis: A Photographic Meditation on Ordinary Objects

Rico's Caf and Wine Bar

320 N. Tejon St., 630-7723

Opening celebration Sunday, Oct. 15, 4-7 p.m.; show runs through Jan. 4, 2007

For hours, call 630-7723; for more on the artist, visit

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