Tel Aviv, il
I was born in Haifa in 1957. My art is deeply rooted in my family's spiritual history and geographical location. Roman family had lived in the holy city of Safed for five generations.
Dubi Roman not only captures the play of light in the fields and forests; the shimmering images of a physical landscape. His works also suggest a different light. The stretches of wild flowers in the wood, the dark trunks of trees, are suffused with a more mysterious light; a spiritual radiance emanating from Nature
For years, my heart went after the French Impressionism; I particularly loved Claude Monet's ways of seeing the world. I started to search for photographic ways to enrich the viewer's senses, experiencing natures many spheres. I started to experiment with photographic techniques to recreate such expressions. Finally, I developed my unique style of Impressionistic photography.
Although I lives in the heart of Tel Aviv - Israel's major city, I constantly looks to nature for sustenance and searches for amongst the landscape of Israel's, trees, fields and flowers.
My impressionistic photographic images are created in the field, using nothing but an old Nikon film camera. No filters are used and no lab or computer manipulation is utilized.
I teach nature-art photography workshops for small groups of creative photographers as well as giving private lessons for talented individuals.
I also lecture about my unique Impressionistic Photography.
As the Impressionist painters went out of their studios to paint Nature, Dubi Roman achieves his surfaces, not primarily by manipulation of the image in the darkroom, but in the very act of taking the picture outdoors. The first exposure is taken slightly out of focus, and is followed by a second shot from a subtly different position. A tiny movement of the body, and I can capture nuances that change the entire reality, says Roman. I can never entirely predict the final image. Many elements come together. Many gates are opened.
Dubi Roman has worked for Israeli Educational Television since 1983. He is married and has three boys and a dog, and today lives in Tel Aviv.