June 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
David Schaerer, Razor Clamming Series
January 10 – February 14, 2020
Opening Reception – January 10 (5:00 – 8:00 P.M.)
Lovejoy Realty Office
818 NW 14th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Hours: 8:00 – 5:00 M-F
The prints in this show combine two of my favorite passions – photography and razor clamming. Armed with a gun in one hand (albeit a clam gun) and a Nikon D850 camera in the other, I’ve spent countless hours on Oregon’s Clatsop Spit documenting the antics of clam diggers over the past several years. I’m often torn between getting my limit of clams or taking pictures. On good days – I get both. Ultimately, I intend to publish a fine art photography book on razor clamming that will include many of the images in this show.
My background as a photographer spans more than 50 years. Classically trained under Bernie Freemesser at the University of Oregon in the 1960s, I then spent several years in the Monterey Peninsula where my work was influenced by Brett Weston, Wynn Bullock, and Ansel Adams. In 1972 I worked as a special assistant to Ansel Adams and later that year returned to Oregon where I was employed as a commercial photographer and photography instructor.
Though my professional career was subsequently in the risk management sector, I’ve continued my lifelong interest in photography. I’m a founding member of f/8 (a fine art photography group based in Portland), a member of Portland Photographers Forum, a supporting member of LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, and a member of Blue Sky Gallery in Portland. My work has been published and exhibited in multiple regional venues.