David was born
in Buckinghamshire in 1955, and then moved to Lancashire in 1964. His first interest in
photography was at the age of fifteen, where in the basement of his parents' house he
experimented with developing and printing black & white films.
The first camera that he could call his own
was a Minolta SR7 which he still has today, this was followed by a couple of Minolta
SRT101 camera bodies and an array of different lens. These cameras were to be the main
tools of his photography up until 1999, and he still uses them on rare occasions.
His initial interest was in Landscape
Photography, up until the early 1980s when along with a home made variable power flash
head, and subsequently a selection of purchased studio flash heads and studio equipment,
his main area of interest switched to Portrait and Glamour photography, shot both in the
studio and outdoor on location.
Up till this point in time he was totally
self taught from books, magazines and plenty of practice, but a desire to spend time with,
and to learn from, other photographers, led him to join a photographic club; and to enrol
at a local college on a City & Guilds Photography course. The 'Colour Photography'
course he wanted to do was full and he was reluctantly talked into taking a 'Black &
White Printing' course. After a couple of years David finished taking evening classes at
the college and in the process acquired seven City & Guilds certificates in various
photographic modules, the most enjoyable of which was that first, reluctantly taken, Black
& White printing course.
This resulted in a period where his
photography for a good many years went back to being almost exclusively Black & White,
covering subject areas such as portrait, still life, and his old favourite Landscape.
Space being a premium in the family home, and
with two growing sons, the studio space and darkroom (in the spare bedroom) had to go,
this resulted in him going back to mainly Landscape Photography shot in colour.
In 1999, David took his first tentative step
into digital photography when he purchased a Fuji MX2900. This small 2.3 megapixel camera
produced some amazing images, but the limitations of the minimal amount of manual controls
on the camera soon led him to upgrade to a Sony DSC-F717 digital camera, and
then at the end of 2005
to a Konica Minolta Dynax 7D.
The 7D became the
main workhorse for production of his panoramic images until
August 2012, when it started having initialisation problems when
switched on, and, consequently became unreliable. It was time
for an upgrade and a change of manufacturer, and so he joined
the Canon camp with the purchase of a EOS 5D MkII.
From 2006 to 2012
virtually all the work David produced was stitched panoramas,
produced from several individual digital images joined together,
but in August 2012 with the aquisition of the Canon EOS 5D he
has started producing additional work in his old favourite subject
areas of Glamour and Portraiture, along with new interests in
Erotic imagery and Fine Art prints, produced both in colour and
his old favourite Black and White.
As always his favourite places to be found, trying to capture that 'magical
something', are the Isle of Skye, the Outer Hebrides and the Highlands of Scotland.