David Perelman-Hall<br/>in Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica
David Perelman-Hall
in Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica

I live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and specialize in fine art portraiture, abstract works, and nature-based imagery. My studio is in the Artful Cleveland space. As an undergrad I studied the biological sciences, and in graduate school I studied literature and then computational linguistics. For decades I have volunteered my time coaching soccer, and I've written a small chapbook on what to expect when starting out as a coach.

In the world of photography, I regard myself as an evolving impressionist, interested in rendering mood above image fidelity. This means that I often care little for sharp focus, and more about rendering something not readily seen. I see the camera as an input tool to the image-making process, and therefore just a part of what is involved in making imagery. I believe this process actually begins before the camera, with the study of imagery undertaken as a means of priming the imagination, making us capable of conceiving of and therefore creating images not seen or made. The process usually includes the production artistry involved in generating for display on the web or as a physical print.


I truly love making captivating photographs of people, especially children. I strive to make beautiful, poignant, and stunning portraits that represent the real, unforced, and natural expression of the subject. I want to craft an image that captures a person at a point in time. An image that should be hung on a wall. There is no photographic pursuit that is more rewarding than people, and when dealing with children, I am aware that these are people who, for the most part, have not outgrown the capacity for imaginative pretending and for living a life full of games.


I deeply enjoy the wilderness — the more untouched the better — and I love both being in it and rendering a unique view of it. In many of these natural-based photographic pursuits I am motivated to make a statement about shapes and forms, colors and chiaroscuro, but rarely for documentary purposes. I prefer to go wherever imaginative foresight primed by creative study might lead.  For this reason, my images tend to touch on the surreal.

I think that the photographer who wishes to put work in front of viewers must be as adept at editing as at using the camera. Almost always, the camera does not see what the photographer sees, and the editing stage can narrow that incongruity. After all, just the act of framing a shot is an editing of reality.

Now you know a little about me. Please connect with me and let me know what your portraiture needs are.