Speaker Steve Dembo


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 Steve Dembo


“Point of View”

Monday – January 8, 2018  
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Talbot Community Center – Wye Oak Room

Steve Dembo is a native of Baltimore, MD and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. He received his B.A. from Towson
University and an M.F.A and College Teaching of Art Certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He is an adjunct professor of photography at the Community College of Baltimore County and has been teaching college level courses for more than six years. In addition, he is a competition judge, lecturer, workshop facilitator, tutor and mentor. His photographic work has been critically acclaimed and has garnered numerous competitive awards and accolades, having appeared in national publications, juried exhibitions, and recognized by National Geographic. Most recently, his work was selected for Black & White magazine’s 2016 Annual Single Image Contest. His publications include The Two Faces of a Fair and (UN)LIMITED Access. He was the owner of The Easton Gallery of Photographic Arts, which he closed at the end of 2014 to better pursue his photography and teaching endeavors.


The French photographer Eugene Atget returned many times to the same place to re-photograph. He did this because he knew that it would always be different- the light, the weather, the season, and the subject itself would age and change. Atget knew that there were 10,000 ways to visually interpret the subject and the suggestion that one would find the best way to photograph the scene the very first time was ludicrous!

Photographers frequently start out as “pointers” casually walking around pointing at those natural events with their cameras that interest them. Then came the need to identify the subject more clearly and edit out the rest of the world. The camera is the perfect tool for this but alas where to stand? What angle renders the subject most clearly and with creativity? Should the picture be made from a low perspective (worm’s eye view) or from an elevated bird’s eye view? Should you look for a recurring pattern or simplify the subject by truncating the shapes to abstraction? How far should you be from the subject?

These pictures can relate to each other by the fact they are of a single object viewed from different positions. Take a water tower for example. You could take the first image from a distance then closer and then closer still – advancing to the tower rotating the camera so the tower fills the frame in a new and abstract way. Study the light and return on different days as the tower will look and become a different volume when highlighted or in shadow. Explore a guitar or other single object and rotate, turn the subject and camera until you see it in a way that you haven’t seen it before. If it looks familiar, don’t shoot it. These pictures should have strong graphic qualities, with deliberate consideration being given to the use of space and scale to provide an unexpected interpretation of the subject.

Your assignment is to photograph with these questions in mind.












Points of view to consider:

Frame within a frameTruncation

Rule of thirds

Worm’s eye view

Bird’s eye view

Recurring patterns S curve

Close up/ Detail

Consider horizontal and vertical

Consider shadows as subject


Tilt the camera to fill the frame


Near / Far relationship



Visitors are welcome to attend the seminar.