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Chromatic Scales

Recording from the 2014 Meeting of Minds Conference

David Ward

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



David Ward was born in England in 1960. Childhood holidays in the Lake District and Cornwall led to a love of landscape and a desire to try and express his sense of wonder through art. He became fascinated by photography in his late teens and was accepted for the prestigious Film & Photographic Arts course at PCL in London, where he was a student of Victor Burgin. David graduated with a BA Hons in 1983. He has now spent thirty years travelling the world with his large format camera. His eye for colour and form is without equal and he produces work that is startling in both its clarity and intensity.

As well as numerous articles, David has written two critically acclaimed books on his craft; Landscape Within (2004) & Landscape Beyond (2008). In these, through a series of essays, he explores the medium’s history and looks at deeper philosophical questions about art and photography. He is fascinated by the gap between vision and photography and seeks to explore this through his work.

Chromatic Scales

Our understanding of colour is on the one hand instinctive and innate. We know what looks 'good' when we see it but most of us know very little about why we see colour the way we do and the ways in which artists can leverage that knowledge in understanding their photography. David Ward has a quiet obsession about the ways in which we see and articulate colour ideas and discussed some of the more interesting and useful facts about the chromatic world.



Following the talk, we interviewed David Ward in our Green Room.

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