David was born a New Year’s baby in 1956, in the heartland of the United States (Cleveland Ohio) to Ruth and Abraham Skernick. Abraham was the principal violist in the Cleveland Orchestra. Prior to David’s birth, in simpler times, he took up photography, and crammed their basement with all manner of photo and developing equipment, most imposing among them a 1947 state-of-the-art Omega B3 Enlarger. Like an alien beast from his favorite creature features, this machine both terrified and fascinated David, and in the end he succumbed to the allure and so began his photographic journey.
David started take pictures of the only interesting things in his hometown: people and landscapes. He eventually narrowed his work to landscapes because nature didn’t ask so many questions.
David’s teachers realized early on he had a unique vision for photography – literally. David was diagnosed color blind, so while the essence of hue eluded him, his chroma amaurosis sharpened his sense of light. Drawing on this strength, David’s photography began to stand out as exceptional studies in light and shadow.
David continued to refine his artistic approach, and on a dare moved to Los Angeles in 1980 where he met, tutored, and eventually married his star photography student Ria in 1992.
David’s current photography reflects his formative experience making that long drive from Ohio to California. On that trip David developed an appreciation of the sometimes overlooked magnificence that is American nature and landscapes. Since then David travels exclusively by his truck “AlsoBob” on the “grey roads” (back roads on the AAA maps are all marked by grey lines), and never the same road twice.
David resides in Woodland Hills, California with his wife Ria and dog Chewy. He spends as much time as possible teaching and traveling the gray roads of America.
A selection of David's work is on display at the ArtLA Gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California.