EWW: I am curious to know if someone was asked to make a comment about your work, what do you think they would say?
David: I would like to think the viewer might comment that the photos capture the mood and character of the scene that draws them in and makes them feel part of the moment in which the photo was taken. The images evoke the sense that the world which we live in has a beauty to it that is both unique and completely accessible if we just slow down and look.
EWW: Most often, how do you describe your work to others?
David: My photos are of nature mostly, showing what I encounter while exploring the natural world around me. I try and present these scenes in an intriguing way. My images are attempts to instill interest in what I personally find to be beautiful and sometimes overlooked, specifically in regards to my macro shots of insects.
EWW: Who would you say has influenced your work the greatest?
David: My father is a photographer, and he helped me a great deal with the technical aspects of photography and getting comfortable with the camera. That has probably influenced me more than I realize. I have followed a number of photographers I found to be visually interesting since, including a few that are members of the online communities where I show my work. At the moment, I love the work of a British photographer by the name of Ross Hoddinott, who also has some great videos and tutorials that I have watched. The thing I find most intriguing about other photographer’s work is how definitive a persons’ style can be. I don’t think I really had a ‘style’ for a while, I was just exploring.
EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, contrast, style, etc.?
David: I rely on natural light most of the time, and one of my favorite ways to capture light is shooting into the direction the sun is shining. Whether the sun is visible in the frame, or the subject and surroundings are backlit by the sunlight, I am immediately drawn to that situation. I also concentrate a great deal on macro photography, which obviously concentrates on the very small scenes, mostly at ground level. I would say I am not shy about portraying vibrant colors, especially those that occur in nature.
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EWW: One gallery in your portfolio focuses on Black and White. What do black and white images do to a subject matter that color cannot do?
David: I think black and white can highlight specific areas that color can sometimes distract from, like texture and form. If the texture of a feather is what drew me to the shot in the first place, black and white can help focus the viewer’s attention on where I want it to go. From an artistic view, black and white strips away the color in which most people experience the world visually. This can add a sense of mystery to a scene that can’t always be captured in color.
EWW: Do you think it is important for photographic artists to have their own website, in addition to another gallery they appear on?
David: I have a few galleries that are available to view online and am pretty happy with how they look and function, but most of those have limited templates in which to present your work. Last year I thought it was time to get my own site in order to add a more personal touch to the presentation. I’m still playing around with it, but it should be live within the next couple of months or so.
EWW: What do you see, or have experienced, as the most effective way for you to market and promote you and your work?
David: For me, it has been a combination of word of mouth and social media. I have been surprised how many of my sales come from friends and family of friends. When I make an online sale, much of the time I later discover that it was because someone I know referred the person to my online gallery. To a degree, I think people are still more comfortable buying from someone who has some direct or indirect connection to their lives as opposed to just some online presence whom they have had no prior experience with.
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EWW: Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work? If you do use social media platform seems, which one(s) work the best for you?
David: Instagram has recently become one of my favorite ways of getting my work out there to a large audience, being such a visual platform. Facebook is my other favorite, mostly because it plays into the previous answer regarding people referring your work to someone they think may be interested in it. I use Twitter as well, which links to a blog I have had for several years.
EWW: Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
David: While I love to explore different subject matter and techniques, my photography is most linked to my love of hiking and of nature in general. I still think of it as a visual blog chronicling my adventures, whether they are in my backyard or in a National Park. You don’t have to go on safari to find something amazing, you can witness something incredible in a small garden or a local park if you sit for a while and just watch. I think this is especially true with insects, who occupy a tiny and mostly unseen world to the average person. They can be every bit as majestic as a lion or an eagle, and they are all around us. Hopefully, my photographs can inspire someone to take a second look at their surroundings in a new light, whatever those surroundings might be.