Wrappr: Have you always wanted to be an artist?
David: When I started my photography career in my early 20s I wanted to be a successful commercial photographer and make a living doing it. Once I achieved that goal I started to look at shooting things for myself. It has been a long time coming but it wasn’t until January of 2020 when I made a new years resolution to spend the majority of my energy geared to towards my art photography.
W: Tell us a bit about your background, and how you got to where you are now
D: I started my path at becoming a photographer when I purchased by first film camera at the age of 18 before I ventured off to Thailand on an international co-op high school program. I lived there for 6 months working at an aquaculture facility and teaching english. It was in Thailand that my photography passion started to bud. In my early 20s I assisted a bunch of commercial photographers in Toronto and studied photography at Sheridan College. I started my photography career once I graduated college and never looked back.
W: What type of work do you do for your clients?
D: Over the years I have worked on many projects; everything from larger commercial jobs with add agencies to smaller independent jobs with clothing stores. Before Covid I had a steady roster of corporate clients and mens fashion. Since Covid I have had to build a new set of clients and fast track my art photography goals. I am also the in-house photographer for Wrappr which has kept me pretty busy over the past year.
W: Which of those do you enjoy most right now?
D: Right now I am enjoying working from home shooting my own creative work and also working from home creating content for Wrappr.
W: What type of work do you do for your own enjoyment?
D: In the past I have enjoyed traveling and taking photographs abroad. Recently I have a new family and have been at home more so I continue to shoot smaller studio setups at home.
W: What work of yours would you like to be remembered for? Or is it something you are working on?
D: Currently I have been photographing a project called 'Park Closed’. These are a series of aerial shots of empty closed outdoor recreational facilities due to Covid. If there are images in my career I will mostly likely be remembered for it will be these ones as they have such powerful historical significance.
W: What is your creative process?
D: My creative process starts with an idea that leads to some research, gathering the appropriate materials required to execute the idea shooting the images necessary, retouching and editing the final images then finally printing and framing or mounting the finished artworks.
W: What are you planning to create next?
D: Right now I am working on a series of Orchid flower shots. These are closeup detailed shots of Orchids with various colour and patterns.
What is your biggest indulgence?
D: Cold beer on a hot summer day.
W: Where do you find inspiration?
D: I am always inspired by going out in the world and noticing the things around me. I am most happy being out in the world rather then sitting at home.
W: How do you feel about being involved with Wrappr?
D: It's a great challenge to continually work and produce content for Wrappr. It allows me to push my product photography skills to the next level. It’s great that between Brittany and I we have 100% creative control over the content.
W: What are your thoughts on the climate crisis, zero-waste products, things you’re doing to be environmentally friendly, etc.
D: We all have to do our part. I have a newborn baby and a two year old and I want them to enjoy the world how I was able to enjoy it. So we collectively need to work together as a civilization to protect and preserve our planet.