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David Ward – 10 Photographs

Part One

Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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David Ward

David Ward

T-shirt winning landscape photographer, one time carpenter, full-time workshop leader and occasional author who does all his own decorating.


Tim: We’re here with David Ward and he’s allowed us to take a look through a few of his pictures and we will be discussing a few 'pertinents' about them here and there. Is that correct?

David: I’m not sure about pertinents?

T: No. Impertinents perhaps.

D: Oh right. Impertinents? Yes, thank you.

Eggum, Norway


T: And I’ve chosen a few and you’ve chosen a few, and we’re starting off with Eggum.

D:Yes, not the one in Berkshire or - I think it’s Berkshire, isn’t it? The one near Runnymede. But no! a place in Eggum in northern Norway.

T: It’s one of my favourite pictures of your recent crop; well, fairly recent. It’s about a year old, isn’t it?

D: Some are last year. Yeah... Okay, so now I’m going to ask you a question, then? Let’s turn tables.

T: Okay.

D: Why is it one of your favourite ones?

T: Why is it one of my favourite ones...? Two reasons. One, there’s an optical illusion going on that you see the large boulder and the small boulder so there’s a bit of cognitive dissonance between what you see above the surface and below the surface.

D: Yeah.

T: The other reason I like it is the highlights, the way you’ve used the passing light and the clouds to both rimlight the rock and also to act as an accent behind the grasses in the top left. And I just love the colour green, as well. Astonishing.

D: Green? I suppose it’s slightly green, isn’t it?

T: Greeny cyan perhaps

D: Well, that’s what I was aiming for.

T: Well, that’s good then, isn’t it? Next picture then. It’s not going to last very long, is it ...

D: Well, it’s in a little lake behind the …a lagoon at the back of the beach in Eggum. I was with a group and we originally went there to photograph the boulders on the beach. But it was kind of miserable and grey and not very interesting so we decided that we’d walk across towards the lake to see what we could see. And the water level was really quite high because it had been fairly disgusting weather. So some of the green that you can see in the background is actually plants that would normally be on dry land but are now drowned by the rising water level. I think the grasses that are poking up out of the water would actually, normally, not be in the water. They’re not reeds.


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  • John Dunne

    The sheer power in the simplicity of composition in David’s work continues to astound me. Thank you for sharing your insights on these 5 images and I am looking forward to the next 5.

  • John Dunne

    As an aside can you share any inklings of when we might see Landscape Within in eBook format? This has been on my to-read list for a long time but at a usual price point north of £100 and knowing none of that goes to you I have been sitting tight.

  • Giles Stokoe

    I like these, David. I also like that the transcribers found the place in Wales to be [unintelligable 0:24:02].

    But more seriously, I find a contradiction in your discussion of the kelp pic, in that you said that you were trying to find a subject that was different than what was typical for the location but almost in the same breath you say that you try not to let existing images of a location influence your thinking… in fact to the degree that you try not to see too many images of a new location. Surely this latter would more often lead you to make images similar to pre-existing images because a location tends to be popular because there is something specifically outstanding about it? I only ask this because it is a subject about which I am publicly at odds with myself about (icebergs on beaches spring to mind). So… explain contradiction please…?

    Also, I rather take issue with the way that you imply that not ” sticking ” to themes leads to greater originality ( ” …Because I think there’s more chance for originality if you do that than there is if you kind of travel with expectation… ” ) when many people ( including myself ) would suggest that imposing restrictions on one’s practice such as themes ( or use of large format ;-) ) can encourage one to look at familiar subject matter in new and original ways. You started that paragraph talking about themes and ended it by talking about traveling with expectation… which is not the same thing at all and I think was a bit unfair. You can explore a theme AND have a ” receptive mindset “. Of course, you don’t HAVE to… and your theme might just end up something like ‘as many different variations on the theme as I can find’. Interestingly, evidence from Tim’s Distant Horizon feature in this edition could be used for either case.

  • Thank you. I’ve finally had a chance to read parts 1 and 2 and found them both very interesting indeed. Michael.

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