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David Thompson

The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.
~Henri Cartier Bresson

David 23 is the pseudonym I generally use in all my artistic endeavors. Occasionally I am know by the pseudonym Odiemonster. You will almost never see my real name attached to my artwork. David is my first name and 23 is a number I pulled out of the air when online signing up to join the Panix Unix Usergroup in the mid 90's. At the time I didn't think much of it but later it became clear that it wasn't an accident. 23 Enigma - Wikipedia

The number 23 also known as the '23 Enigma', as discovered by William S. Burroughs. It presents itself as a good omen for some - disaster for others. The 23 Enigma can also be found in Robert Anton Wilson's book "Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of the Illuminati". David 23 is now my name and my enigma.

Besides photography, I am a painter, composer, sound designer, recording engineer, and musician. I have worked with legendary acts, one-hit wonders and complete unknowns (like myself).

I have been a lighting designer/technical director for education institutions and off-Broadway and and Lower East Side productions. I was also a guest host of a live television show with Jeff Probst YEARS before "Survivor." SoundFX

I have worked in retail, waited tables and been a bartender. I've delivered cakes and cleaned arcades... I was the Director of Digital Media for the American Museum of Natural History.

I currently pay my bills by sitting in a cubicle working for the College Board.

I grew up in Rochester and moved to NYC in 1993 to work as a sound designer in theater. I found a cheap apartment down by the WTC after the first bombing and started my NYC career? as a composer.

In addition to my artistic endeavors in NYC I spent 5 years working for AST Sound as the resident recording specialist. Designing and installing recording studios and NYC clubs. However, that life ended when Giuliani took office. (Long story.)

So, I changed careers and became a full time web monkey for a Silicon Alley startup.

At the same time I also ran a music site called OddBox to promote unknown musical talent and promote independent artists which won numerous awards in its day. It also provided me with 100's of free CD's.

Actually, I'm not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I'm not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren't cooks.
~Henri Cartier Bresson

See my personal site @

The Number 23

/// Photography biography/artist statement goes here. ///
Ignore the notes and ramblings below.
Just putting thoughts to virtual paper to be finalized later.

The kid who recorded everything
High School Lithography
College Sound and Music for Movies and the Stage
My own darkroom
Photograph everything
Photoshop / Self Promotion
Living with a professional photographer
First digital camera and the web
How do you write an artist statement?
How do you explain in words what you do as an artist.
Maybe the real question is why do you write an artist statement and you start from there.

Artist Statement Ideas and Quotes:
Buddhist Perpective
The moment you trigger the shutter the moment is over and no longer exists. When you take a picture you are capturing death itself.
The image you see, the image you share, the image you sell. You are seeing the dead. You are sharing a memory of something that no longer exists.

Personal Perpectives
I am drawn to taking pictures of man made things. The parts of life that no one really notices but, support our way of life.
I also like the juxtaposition of color line and shape in places where design, art and color theory are not an inherit part of the creation of that person, place or thing.
Looking up Looking up always Looking up. There is hope in looking up. All too often we spend most of our waking hours looking down or straight ahead.

Always carry a camera with me

Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror, no feeling is final.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.
~Henri Cartier Bresson

Of course it's all luck.
~Henri Cartier-Bresson

My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person.
~Andy Warhol

No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.
~Robert Adams

It's weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don't even amount to a couple of hours.
~James Lalropui Keivom

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.
~Eudora Welty

The camera can photograph thought.
~Dirk Bogarde

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
~Ansel Adams

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
~Henri Cartier-Bresson

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.
~Matt Hardy

Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.
~Elliott Erwitt

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
~Imogen Cunningham


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