An Interview With David Monroe

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"It's about Imagery"

David has been a photographer for almost 40 years. Until now, his fine art was held in private collections or museums.  His style invites the viewer on a journey of revelation and intent.


David says, "I am an imagist, not a photographer.  I don't take photographs, I create imagery!


I have a unique perspective on the world from years of exercising not only my eye for lighting, composition and balance, but by slowing down and listening to how my spirit directs me to create art with intent that reflects to the viewer.


David's love of the craft of photography began when he was 12, it afforded him the ability to capture the world and share it as he saw it. His fascination with the tools he had at his disposal led David deep into the nuts and bolts of photography; he built his own large and medium format cameras, created "dark rooms" in the wild, and developed a system of understanding exposure that still serves him well today.


The advent of digital photography opened a new world to David.  He began shooting with a digital medium format camera along with his other digital equipment.  He built his own unique camera system that allows him to take round images.  Rather than editing images into a round mask, many of David's images are shot in the round.


David's commitment to the art of photography and his dedication to his own spiritual growth help to capture the viewer's imagination in a unique way, pulling them into these portals of intent.

Artist statement of David Monroe

Take a look at David's Artist Statement.

Defining a New Style of Photography

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Creating imagery with the "end" in mind, searching for the best representation of the guidance and messages he receives, David Monroe's path of discovery results in images that speak to the soul.


"By meditating and listening to guidance from spirit during the image creation process, I have found a deeper understanding of why I am shooting what I am shooting, and a path to creating the clearest representation of Spirit’s intent," says David.


Along with the introduction of his work to the general public, David not only shares his art but also his wisdom, style, and teachings.

Recent Exhibitions

"From Earth" @ FMOPA March 1st Through April 30th 2020

"From Earth" @ FMOPA March 1st Through April 30th 2020

"From Earth" @ FMOPA March 1st Through April 30th 2020

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Solo exhibit of 20, 40" round images.

Show Opening Event is on 

April 3rd.  6 -9PM

@ Florida Museum of Photographic Art.

I will give three talks during this show.

March 27th for "4th Friday", 

Tampa's Gallery walk. 5-7PM

April 3rd for the show opening. 6-9PM

and April 22nd for Earth Day.5-7PM



Image Selected for FMOPA Jumbotron June 2019

"From Earth" @ FMOPA March 1st Through April 30th 2020

"From Earth" @ FMOPA March 1st Through April 30th 2020

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The Image "Acceptance" was selected for display on FMOPA's outdoor Jumbotron for all of Tampa to see.


MEET AND GREET THE ARTIST APRIL 2019

"From Earth" @ FMOPA March 1st Through April 30th 2020

International Exhibition UPA GALLERY 2018

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My favorite Art Place, Sundial, St Pete Florida


International Exhibition UPA GALLERY 2018

South East Center for Photographic studies & Southeast Museum of Photography 2013

International Exhibition UPA GALLERY 2018

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

FMOPA, Florida Museum of Photographic Art 2016-17-18

South East Center for Photographic studies & Southeast Museum of Photography 2013

South East Center for Photographic studies & Southeast Museum of Photography 2013

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UPA Gallery Exhibitions at FMOPA

South East Center for Photographic studies & Southeast Museum of Photography 2013

South East Center for Photographic studies & Southeast Museum of Photography 2013

South East Center for Photographic studies & Southeast Museum of Photography 2013

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David has several images on archive at the Museum and with the College Alumni Collection.  

"Nature Through My Eyes

Light in Florida ASMP, China 2010

Light in Florida ASMP, China 2010

Light in Florida ASMP, China 2010

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2010 "Light in Florida", Qinghai Three Rivers Photo Festival, China 

Jury awarded "Best Thematic Exhibit of the show"

What Others Say About David's Work

SELINA MAITREYA, PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY

Pierre Dutertre (Curator and President of UPAG, United Photographic Artist Gallery)

Pierre Dutertre (Curator and President of UPAG, United Photographic Artist Gallery)

"As a consultant to photographers worldwide and a spiritual teacher to many, 

I know the importance that a deep 

connection to the divine plays in the 

creation of a piece of art.


David Monroe’s quest to empower artists to deepen their connection to the divinity that lies within, is a gift to each artist who is wise enough to seek his guidance and to us all!”



Pierre Dutertre (Curator and President of UPAG, United Photographic Artist Gallery)

Pierre Dutertre (Curator and President of UPAG, United Photographic Artist Gallery)

Pierre Dutertre (Curator and President of UPAG, United Photographic Artist Gallery)

David is a multi talented artist deeply immersed in the spiritual and intellectual aspects of photography, within his work and resulting master lectures that disclose his unique, intensely connected, and provocative approach

GINI GENTRY, NAGUAL WOMAN AND AUTHOR OF DREAMING HEAVEN

Pierre Dutertre (Curator and President of UPAG, United Photographic Artist Gallery)

Zora (Executive Director of FMOPA, Florida Museum of Photographic Art)

David is both a master teacher of photography and artist of the spirit.  He shares his heightened sense of magic and wonder with those willing to explore beyond their knowing. Through his dedication to living authenticity, he empowers others on their journey of self- discovery!


Zora (Executive Director of FMOPA, Florida Museum of Photographic Art)

Zora (Executive Director of FMOPA, Florida Museum of Photographic Art)

Zora (Executive Director of FMOPA, Florida Museum of Photographic Art)

Meditational work from the vision to the output. 


Michael Sheehan, Docent FMOPA

Zora (Executive Director of FMOPA, Florida Museum of Photographic Art)

Michael Sheehan, Docent FMOPA

I was blown away by David Monroe's Work . It definitely needs to be experienced, and the placement in the exhibit was a wonderful introduction the the show.  Exquisite work.

FLORIDA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ART 2018, UPAGallery Show






Contact David

Portals of Intent, David Monroe Photography LLC