When I began to explore the potential of digital image making, I was attracted to the digital medium’s capacity to alter the tonal quality, surface and line quality of the photographic image. These alterations parallel the manipulations possible with photosensitive silver materials but engaged me with a new excitement to work in more graphic images. Human figures lend themselves to interruption in these graphic representations because of the way the volumes of the smooth, rounded forms interact with light and also because the figure is such an elemental subject that it remains identifiable after its been abstracted. The digital image allows me to work with lines and surfaces to create a new sensuality of the human image.
Douglas Prince has been engaged in photography for the last forty years, both as a teacher and as a picture-maker. During that time his photographs have been included in many group exhibitions in this country as well as abroad. He has had numerous one-person shows in New York and Chicago, and he has received several grants, including two NEA’s, in 1977 and 1979. His work is found in permanent collections such as, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Addison Gallery of American Art and the Princeton Art Museum. He currently resides in Portsmouth, NH, and teaches at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. "For me, the creative directness of the digital environment allows me to forge images that would not be possible in another medium. The last ten years as a digital image-maker have been very fruitful, exploring many new directions and materials which have resulted in numerous shows, a web site and a book of digital images."