In 1976, Dave entered into a partnership with another photographer to open a portrait studio called Double Exposures. The plan was that Warner would do all of the darkroom work, while the partner, a seasoned photographer, would take all the pictures.
This arrangement worked well for almost a year – until the first photo competition. Warner swept each category, which, needless to say, ultimately ended the partnership.
For the next nine years, Warner became one of the most recognizable photographers in South Central Texas and in many Air Force publications and competitions. Photojournalism assignments, weddings, and portraits kept Warner busy. His two children - Kimberly and her brother Jason, became the models for many of his photo shoots.
However, the more Warner worked with his camera, the more passionate he became about transitioning from just another photographer to a fine art photographer. His vision was to capture landscapes, people and architecture in a way that hadn’t been seen before, using the latest camera technology coupled with his mastery of darkroom lighting techniques to create images that would stop people in their tracks.
However, in 1983, life took Dave away from the camera for almost 14 years.
During that time, Dave watched the technology revolution occurring in photography, photo manipulation software and the new digital cameras and printers. During his off years, he read everything he could get his hands on and worked with the software that was evolving. Whenever he did work with his cameras, he continued to use the name Double Exposures.
By 2003 the tug of photography and the unfulfilled desire to create his fine art landscapes and portraits became such a driving force, that he and his wife moved to Galveston to open Bremond House Gallery, where he could display his work.
His landscape and nature photography quickly gained regional as well as national interest. The exuberance he felt in achieving one of his lifelong dreams created a desire to get back into the commercial realm to put all his knowledge to the test.
The hurricanes at the end of 2005, convinced Dave that Galveston was just not the right spot, so with his wife Deborah, and Springer Spaniel Baxter, they packed up and moved to Elgin, Texas at the beginning of 2006 – just 10 miles east of Austin. They immediately converted a building behind their house into a 1,600 square foot studio. Dave worked on his photography, as well as reproductions for other artists. They also moved Bremond House Gallery to Main Street in Elgin, and started an arts initiative for the city.
Once again, life intervened and at the end of 2008, Dave and his family moved to the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. For a fine art landscape photographer, this is like heaven, and many of the latest images in the landscape section are from the Adirondack National Park. And for those of you who are wondering why the heck Upstate NY? Well, we are right next to family….
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