What he does: David A. Brown is a photographer and entrepreneur motivated by non-profit organizations, environmental causes and his family. As creator of his photo company DABFOTO he and 40 contractors focus on digital imaging, consultation and web services. He is founder and former executive director of Spacetaker and has worked for 10 years to provide artists and small arts organizations with access to economic development, further education and networking opportunities. His current project, "Trying to Find My Way," uses photography to capture the details that the conscious mind overlooks and has been exhibited in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, London and Paris. "My objective is to arrest the brain's split-second arrangements, assumptions and filtering systems by pausing the subconscious deconstruction process." His work has been exhibited at DiverseWorks, FotoFest, space125gallery and Darke Gallery. He is currently a part of Leadership Houston Class XXIX.
Why he likes it: Brown most enjoys the chance to meet people from different walks of life and industries. "I get access to really great, unique and rare moments and experiences," Brown says. While working on a project with the Houston Endowment for the Arts, he got to learn how 17 non-profit organizations developed their projects from start to finish and says it was a great way to have access to industry experts.
What Inspires him: As a father, Brown is motivated by his obligation to provide for his family. "I've got a 5- and a 6-year-old. Paying for their college; that inspires me." In addition to parental responsibilities, he's intrigued by how psychology and sociology create human perception, and for the past two years has worked with scientists on "Trying to Find My Way."
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His proudest moment: He received positive feedback at the FotoFest 2010 Biennial Meeting Place where "Trying to Find My Way" was critiqued by gallery owners and museum curators during 45 different one-on-one portfolio reviews. When he asked if they'd ever seen work like his before, not a single one said they had. "My ego was fed the most by understanding that the work I was making was new and hadn't been seen." Brown also says that training Jenni Rebecca Stephenson for a year and half and naming her as his successor at Spacetaker was a proudest moment. "It's kind of like send your child to college. As a founder it's an amazing feeling."
What's Next: "I don't know, ya know? I think that's the great part," Brown says. He's still developing and searching for more places to exhibit "Trying to Find My Way," while continuing with Leadership Houston Class XXIX to creating a quarter-mile multi-sensory trail for the visually impaired.
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