FOUR is a collection of photographs created from June 1, 2012 through January 1, 2013 that continues the work in my earlier books Few Are Chosen, Never Seeing Nothing, and Insomnia.
I aim to identify, refine, improve and combine various components of my technique and the way I approach subject matter. It’s a journey without a final destination – there will always be more photographs.
When I’m shooting, I try to keep things loose and let the inspiration come as it may. Sometimes, it’s in someone’s body posture. Other times, it’s a feeling that something is about to happen. While locations can be starting points, inspiration has found me in New York City – in Coney Island, Hell’s Kitchen, and Jamaica, Queens. Time and again, I’m inspired by certain themes, from circus performers and people mirroring each other in various ways to -- perhaps best of all -- people lost in their own worlds.
Pop culture and current events – like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah’s Ark, David Blaine’s Electrified apparatus, and Seaside Heights, New Jersey’s Jet Star roller coaster that was sadly swept to sea by Superstorm Sandy – also present irresistible opportunities.
FOUR is just a number. There’s an infinite world of images out there still waiting to be captured.
After getting a Kodak Instamatic camera as a gift on his eighth birthday, photographer Dan Wagner has never looked back.
At the age of fifteen, he took first and second place in a New York City photography contest for high school students. After studying photography in college, he assisted top photographers in New York and Los Angeles for several years before opening his own studio.
Dan's editorial photography has been featured in leading magazines and newspapers. Over the years, he has shot major advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 clients. He has also taught photography classes at New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology.
He lives with his family in Huntington, New York.