Romero, David

David is in equal measure artist and technician. His unique vision, attention to detail and openness to new technologies and techniques serves as his creative tonic.

Since receiving his first camera at age 8, a little Kodak Instamatic “point and shoot”, he has been capturing images of his environment. With darkroom training and the purchase of his first “real” camera at age 17, his enjoyment of photography blossomed into a lifelong passion.

Though the majority of his adult life was spent as an electrical engineer and strategic marketing executive in the semiconductor industry, his camera was never far from reach especially during his travels abroad. His photography during this phase of his life was primarily “street” and “travel” photography; discovering and “stopping in time” the people and sights he encountered.

Soon after David met and married his wife, artist Margaret Romero, he gradually embarked on a career as a professional studio photographer and designer servicing the photographic and marketing needs of professional artists. During this period David was essentially leading a double life; commuting 2 hours and spending the lion’s share of the day working in industry and upon returning home working as a commercial studio photographer and designer for his artist clients.

When it became clear that his “night job” could be nurtured and transformed into a full time pursuit David and Margaret put together a plan to escape “Corporate America”. It was at this point that they moved to Cumberland, purchased and renovated their living and working space in one of the grand old buildings “on the bricks” in the heart of Cumberland’s Towne Centre.

As David’s client list has grown to include small businesses as well as artists, his commercial portfolio has expanded to include not just images of artist’s works but also portraiture, architecture, culinary arts, technology and consumer products. Lately David has also been working outside his studio “on assignment” for Maryland Life magazine covering feature stories, both large and small, for this fine publication.

As is often the case with commercial photographers, David spends a tremendous amount of time shooting and designing for clients and not for his own artistic gratification. Although each new job offers exciting creative possibilities, that artistic potential exists within a framework of commercial viability. David’s upcoming show of new personal works at the Saville Gallery is being created completely outside of those boundary conditions. “It is very exciting to bring to the public forum a body of work that has existed only in my minds-eye until now.”

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