Gallery presents ‘Photographic Meditations’ by Fokos

A reception for the hauntingly serene works of photographer David Fokos, was held at the Ordover Gallery in Solana Beach on April 17 with fine art photographers Abe Ordover, Peter Fay and Lisa Ross on hand.

The internationally acclaimed “Haiku: Photographic Meditations By David Fokos,” will remain at the gallery through July 11.

Of his landscape images Fokos said, “I have to see what my body feels; after 15 years of taking bad photos with some happy accidents, I had an ah-ha moment one day. I have come to use my camera as a scientific instrument to translate my world.”

Fokos discovered that two-minute-long exposures erase the visual noise around the shore (the waves, foam, spray, birds in flight) revealing the universal calming essence of the seaside experience — the pool of water, the horizon, some vertical interest.

The long exposures come from an 81-year old 8×10 Korona View field camera and just one lens – a 210-mm Rodenstock Sironar-S.

“This lens is a wide-angle lens on my camera, the equivalent of a 29-mm lens on a 35-mm camera, and ironically, having only one lens to choose from allows me greater freedom,” Fokos said.

“If I had a number of lenses I would continually be trying to decide which lens to use. Instead of being paralyzed by indecision, I am free to concentrate on my compositions.

“My images, which I have been working on for 30 years, are not so much about what is seen but rather what is felt. They are the result of my desire to express to the viewer the essence of my experience in these places, and I have found that my minimalist compositions have been the most effective in this regard.”
Fokos said to this end, he credits Japanese aesthetic traditions.

“In college, I studied Japanese art history, Japanese film, and haiku,” he said. “I have been greatly inspired by the haiku poet’s ability to convey deeply felt sentiment through a minimal number of words.”

Fokos, lives in Hillcrest with his wife Barbarella. He has had 40 exhibitions on three continents, and his work has been featured in 14 publications.

If you go

‘Haiku: Photographic Meditations by David Fokos’ are on display through July 11 at
Ordover Gallery, 410 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. (858) 720-1121, The gallery is closed Mondays.

On the Web
Watch a 7-minute video of David Fokos working with his 81-year-old camera on Martha’s Vineyard at His website is

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