“I’m interested in surface, in texture and I love nature”
David Whyte brings his fine art photography to Studio 73. His photography predominantly focuses on black and white images of the environment and people. The pictures truly capture the surrounding environment with an impressive artistic vision.
How would you describe your work?
I make images that satisfy me. There’s no other criteria. I’m interested in surface, texture and I love nature. I think because of where and when I was taught, and who taught me, I may be considered a traditionalist. The images I take mostly adhere to rules of composition that a lot of people now throw out the window. I haven’t discarded colour but I’m still working with that relationship between composition and contrast in black and white, trying to make real what I see with my mind, not my eyes.
Would you say your creative process is technical?
Yes, it is because I like the process of making things, the darkroom side of things. I think of photography and image-making like learning to drive. Once you’ve learned, ( and we’re always learning) you carry all of that with you and it’s part of image-making, visualising the end result.
What is your art background?
I didn’t study art. I have always been someone who learnt through practice. I had a really strong desire to be a photographer as a boy. I managed to find people who both employed me and taught me. When I started, Ninety percent of photography was in black and white so I learned processing and printing, all the darkroom stuff in order to make me a valuable employee…