Bob Dowd is a native of New Jersey and finds most of his subjects in the local area. He has been studying photographic composition for several years with prominent photographer and author Laury Egan and credits her with developing his skills. Since 2002, Bob has exhibited his images at the Guild of Creative Art, The Belmar Arts Council, the Grounds for Sculpture and has received several awards for his images.
In his work, Bob tries to create strong compositions by empowering negative spaces, searching for dynamic positive shapes, and by the use of bold colors. His favorite subject matter is found in the common things around us that we see and interact with on a regular basis but because of their familiarity they become blurred and near invisible. Yet, in their own way they can provide us with beauty, utility and order. He enjoys photographing these subjects in an effort to encourage viewers to recognize and appreciate their elegance and beauty.
All of his work is shot using digital raw format and is finalized in Photoshop. Bob does not make major changes to his images but instead tries to shoot the initial photograph as finished as possible, applying only minor corrections such as slight shifts in color saturation or cropping post production. All of his images are printed using archival pigment ink on Epson paper.
2004: New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs, Tops in New Jersey Medal
Award 2005: A Portrait of Thompson Park, Thompson Park Gallery, Lincroft
2005: Monmouth Museum Juried Art Show. Honorable Mention. 2006:
Anniversary Show, Frederick Gallery, Allenhurst 2007: First Look, Frederick
Gallery, Allenhurst 2007: Divergent View Point, Brookdale Community Collage
2007: Monmouth County Fair. Best in Show Award, Monochrome 2010-2015
Focus on Sculpture, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton. Best in Show 2015, HM
2012 2010-2015: EyeSights, Juried Photography Show, Guild of Creative Art.
Honorable Mention, 2012 2014, 2015 Juried Art Show, Belmar Arts Council
2015 Open Juried Art Show, Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury 2015 Juried
Summer Art Exhibit, Torché Gallerie, Juried Summer Art Exhibit 2015: Focus on
Sculpture, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton. Best in Show
Guild of Creative Art, exhibiting member
Belmar Arts Council
Grounds for Sculpture
Monmouth Arts Council
Monmouth Camera Club, Salon Member