Heath Paley’s high-definition, large-scale photographs are explorations of the particular, and the universal aspects, of the urban milieu. His fascination with intricacy and rarely noticed details gives Paley’s urban portraits a more informed understanding of the environment in which most people spend their time.
Paley’s large-scale prints, which are up to 96 inches in length, have incredible detail, and resolution. He is able to accomplish this feat by using focus stacking to enhance the depth of field of his photographs, which are then stitched together by overlapping each individual shot into a grid. His final prints can contain as many as one hundred photographs. Paley prefers this intricate process because the exceptional detail mimics how the eye/brain interprets an image, completely immersing the viewer into his photographs.
Paley holds a MA in history from Northeastern University and an MFA from Emerson College. He studied with Sam Abell at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. In 2016–2017, Paley’s photographs of Maine downtowns were highlighted in a traveling exhibition at the Maine State House, Augusta, and the University of Maine’s Lord Hall Gallery (Orono) and Reed Gallery (Presque Isle). Paley’s work is in the collections of several museums, including the Portland Museum of Art.
Paley and his wife, who live in Portland, Maine, recently purchased a second home in Ellsworth to be closer to Acadia. They love Ellsworth, and now they split their time between these two year-round communities. Paley has since created over forty large-scale photographs of Ellsworth.