Palmer Davis’ journey with the camera began at age sixteen with a photography class that would prove to be a life-changing experience. He went on to study photography at Hampshire College and at the International Center of Photography, where he is now a member of the faculty. Having honed his photographic eye over a twenty-five year career as a Madison Avenue advertising creative director, Davis now travels the globe capturing scenes of quiet beauty that reveal the mystery and magic of everyday life.
In his series “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” Davis captures moments that reveal much more than the singularity of the present. An image may evoke a memory or reveal a sense of the possibilities held within that very moment, its past or its future. In that sense, Davis says his camera is a time machine. “It has the amazing capacity to evoke a sense of place at a particular moment in time.”
Davis traveled across the United States for three years to make his series “Here and Now.” Created in memory of his father, who urged Davis to embrace each day, he explores what it means to be fully present: “It’s about claiming graspable, heightened moments, when life opens up, time expands and some essential truth is revealed. It’s an exercise in living in the wonder of now.”