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ABOUT DAVID

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About me

My aim with all my photographic work is to create something that tells a story and has emotional resonance. Primarily, I work in a documentary style and I seek out those moments of beauty amid the often-chaotic world around me.

 

I began when I worked in publishing, as I travelled a lot for work and spent my time between appointments photographing the various places I found myself.

 

Besides my own ongoing projects, I have worked with museums, musicians, private and public individuals, magazines and newspapers.

 

Selected works are available for purchase. Please contact me for details.

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Exhibitions

Out of Nothing Comes Something: An Instantaneous Exhibition
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Watford was meant to be a temporary move. I’d been living in a Travelodge on the M4 when a former boss offered me a room in his house. This won’t be long, something in between, something suitably transient. Then, somehow, a month became five years.

During those five years, I changed jobs. The new role required me to travel all over the UK. London, Brighton, Bristol, Bath. I knew these places but there were also new cities to explore – like Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds and Newcastle – which were comparatively exotic in their novelty. There was a lot of waiting around in the job and it occurred to me that maybe this was an opportunity to take pictures. I didn’t have a camera, but I had a phone and Instagram was on my radar despite never having used it before (pictures of people’s food had kind of put me off).

I cringe now when I think of some of the pictures I first took, and the ridiculous accompanying texts I often came up with. However, slowly but surely, I cared how these pictures looked and what they meant to me, whether they reached an audience or not. I had done creative things before, but none had satisfied me in the way taking a photograph did. As time went on people (who I don’t think were bots!) began to leave constructive comments and positive feedback on my Instagram page. Some people even seemed to love them. There’s no nicer feeling.

Then, in February 2017, Roberto Cappellino – a local musician – got in touch.  He wanted some promo shots for a forthcoming album and was struggling to find the right thing. His first message read, “Your photos have a certain loneliness to them” and when I read that I felt that somebody got what I was doing. 

The pictures you see here are very much about the art of collaboration and how “out of nothing, comes something”. I haven’t used lighting or props, but Watford has a certain architectural charm – with its car parks, shopping centres, telephone exchange and underpasses – that grew on me. I started to look more closely during my daily commute and began to see beauty in the angles and shadows. I took note of the light, and I used dirty glass, the rain at night and the emptiness of this satellite town to create atmosphere. 

The pictures of Roberto were taken over three sessions utilising those same techniques. I had taken pictures of people before but very much with them being unaware of the act of photographing. Getting someone to relax when formally posing felt daunting, but in the end I realised I could distract people so that they didn’t overthink it.  I felt I could show this man to others the way he wanted to be seen.

The music from Ghost Town lends itself to all these images. The isolation and what some see as a bleak representation isn’t purposeful. It’s just what I reacted to each day. Then I found a story in these images. The lyrics on the album are about a period of time and a breakdown of a relationship, but they also imply that while endings can be painful, everything changes, that things will get better. 

The brief period of time these images cover also show how Watford is changing. Shiny new things appear daily and the unique ‘ugliness’ – what I see as beauty – is disappearing. Some people will prefer the new, others won’t.  Some people move on, others don’t.

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Latest blog posts

Taking photographs of trees: a natural pleasure
Taking photographs of trees: a natural pleasure
Unveiling the world in miniature: photographing details
Unveiling the world in miniature: photographing details
Harmonising with creativity: capturing musicians in images
Harmonising with creativity: capturing musicians in images
6 reasons why portrait photography fascinates me
6 reasons why portrait photography fascinates me
Capturing London through my lens: 5 ways the city inspires me
Capturing London through my lens: 5 ways the city inspires me
6 reasons why I love street photography
6 reasons why I love street photography
Immersed in nature: The pleasure of photographing natural landscapes
Immersed in nature: The pleasure of photographing natural landscapes
What is your motivation for photography?
What is your motivation for photography?
Unveiling spaces: photographing interiors
Unveiling spaces: photographing interiors
The pleasures and challenges of night photography
The pleasures and challenges of night photography
Capturing environment: why architecture photography inspires me
Capturing environment: why architecture photography inspires me
Well, here's my first blog post.
Well, here's my first blog post.
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