David Evans is a renowned Australian Master of Photography who creates peerless work of high fidelity, depth and substance.
He started photographing in the 90’s, on the watershed of the golden age of film and the shiny, glittering age of the pixel. David’s philosophy of ‘painting’ with light has kept him happily the old school, maintaining a love of medium and large format film. Moving with the times however, David now also uses medium format digital capture married with advanced printing technology for the reproduction of his fine art pieces.
This is ‘slow photography’ – Each carefully crafted photograph the result of layering a series of moments on film, unique creations that the eye cannot necessarily see. It is camera craft at the highest level. David’s photographs frequently have an ethereal quality, a result of slow film and long shutter speeds ranging from seconds to hours. Darkness is the canvas. Some photographs are fleeting moments in time. With others, slowly and carefully the light is allowed to bleed through onto the film – received by the camera rather than ‘shot’ or ‘captured’. It records the layering of time. To David, each frame begins as a black canvas – a technique occasionally used by renaissance artists.
David draws creative inspiration from an uncommon source – he is blessed with synesthesia, a condition whereby he instinctively and involuntarily associates different colours with such things as letters, numbers, words, days of the week and even people. A condition often attributed to creative genius amongst artists and musicians, it allows him to enter a state of flow to see and translate a truly unique perspective of the mind’s eye.
A highly awarded photographer, David has won countless titles including the Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2015, and South Australian Professional Photographer of the Year in 2006 and 2009. In 2015, he was also awarded the Ilford Trophy, one of the oldest and most coveted awards in the history of Australian Photography – awarded to the highest scoring photograph overall at the Australian Professional Photography Awards, a professional competition widely regarded as one of the very best in the world due to the high standard of entries and rigorous judging. David is also a respected photography judge at a national and international level, and is the curator of The EPSON International Pano Awards, the world’s largest contest for panoramic photography, and the co-curator of The International Landscape Photographer of the Year.
David’s motivation is to remind us that wild, untamed and sublime places are critical elixirs in life – and through travel, nature, observation and art, we find clarity and our true spirit.
– Australian AIPP Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015
– Highest Scoring Image – Ilford Trophy, Australian Professional Photography Awards 2015
– Represented Australia at the World Photographic Cup 2016
– South Australian AIPP Professional Photographer of the Year 2006 & 2009
– Master of Photography I (Australian Institute of Professional Photography), Accredited Professional Photographer
– Proudly supported by Epson Australia & Nikon Australia
– Curator of The EPSON International Pano Awards
– Co-curator of The International Landscape Photographer of the Year
– Author of The Face of Australia, The Face of New Zealand & Australia: Facing the South
– Represented by Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images