About the image galleries

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Photography – the word – means “drawing with light”.

As instruments for recording light, cameras are adaptable. They can record images in a variety of ways. Some of those ways align with basic principles of drawing or painting, where the finished work evolves over time and depends on movement of the hand rather than being created instantaneously. Images created in an instant are no less accomplished – they simply represent only one facet of a series of options. A camera is not limited to recording in a single way in a single moment.

Shadwell Basin at sunset
Shadwell Basin at sunset

The work presented here, for the most part, represents an evolutionary process. One variant in recording style can lead to the evolution of another and another until, as with martial arts, the individual techniques merge into no technique; there is just photography without any fetishist or absolutist constraints. Painters often strive for essence rather than the objective detail of a subject. What is true of painting in this context is equally true of photography.  It means drawing with light, not just “photocopying.”

Study of one of the Goodmans Field Horses by Hamish Mackie – Leman Street – London.

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24 thoughts on “About the image galleries”

  1. Hi David,

    You have an incredible portfolio here. Are these images pure from photographic skills or you have incorporated some of image alteration software?

    Can’t wait to see your other works. You are truly distinct.
    Where do you base? What kind of works that you usually take?

    I especially love the Drawing with Light gallery. You should open a class to teach people how to do that.

    1. Thanks very much for your very kind comments ariefw. The images you see at present are the result of a long process of experimentation over the years. They are created in two phases. The initial phase occurs in-camera and incorporates movement of the hand at the time of exposure to create the basic image. The second phase occurs in post-production using some techniques I’ve evolved in Photoshop to enhance certain features of the images, or combine elements of images to create the essence of something without the bald detail of it (very much akin to the process of painting). I always like to say there’s more to photography than just photocopying.

      I’m currently based in London Docklands. There are no set subjects I cover. The only criteria is that they should give scope for producing something interesting.

  2. How wonderful it must be to have such talent! We are moving into a new house and I would love to fill my walls with beautiful, imaginative images such as yours. I use to be drawn to paintings, but these days I am much more interested in photographs, nature in particular. I think photographs have an authenticity to them that can seldom be captured in a painting. Capturing a moment can be as provocative as capturing an image or scene. Best of luck with your site and sales.

    1. Thank you Claire. I appreciate your comments very much. It’s interesting that you highlight paintings, because the origins of the images you see are the result of me examining the process painters use and attempting to translate that into photography. Painters and photographers traditionally both arrive at a finished image, but the physical and intellectual processes each go through are usually quite different. Looking at the photographic process in painting terms (as best I could anyway) has evolved the process I’m using. It isn’t a fixed process, however; it continues to evolve as I’m using it.

  3. Hey David! Wow, this is an amazing portfolio. Your images are simply amazing, and your descriptions about them are both short and insightful. I think you definitely reached that distinctiveness. Outstanding job, you have an amazing talent!

    1. Thanks very much Austin. It’s really helpful to receive comments like this as I’m moving into an important phase of the site development. Thanks for the time and trouble you’ve taken to visit and let me know what your first impression are. Impressions like those are often the ones that will give me some insight into whether or not someone is going to look further. Thanks again.

  4. Hi David,
    Nice collect of photos…I love to take photos but can’t seem to produce anything like you have. Your Tower Bridge shot looks amazing, how does one take photo’s like this?

    1. Thanks very much for the comments Murray. There’s no simple or concise way of explaining how most of the images have been done because they’re the result of a long process of evolution over the years. One technique builds on another, and another until effectively it becomes “no technique”. Many of them are a two-phase process where phase I takes place in the camera as the images are taken, and phase II takes place in post-production. Photography is one of the easiest things to do (especially with the technology available today), and that makes it one of the hardest things to do distinctively. The best thing anyone can do if they want to develop distinctiveness in photography is to just go out and take as many pictures as they can to develop an eye for a picture, but also keep doing a certain amount of “mad random stuff” with exposure and angles. You’ll experience a lot of failure, but sometimes you learn some interesting things along the way. The blog entry “Painting Light Photography” may give you some very general insights regarding your question.

    1. Thank you Hillary. Ultimately the images will be available for sale as that is the purpose of the site. At present I’m still plodding through the basic five modules of tutorials for beginners here. I’ve found the tuition to be very methodical, and I’m assuming at some point along the line we’ll get to the nuts and bolts of setting up e-commerce. Currently I sell through Saatchiart, but they take 30% commission (which actually isn’t bad when you take into account they have to print and distribute the images – art galleries can charge as much or more just for handing a print to a customer), and the US Government take another 30% because I declined to go to the expense of registering with the IRS as a foreign national. The purpose of Groundstar Shadowlight Art is to give me a portal through which I can control my own print sales without anyone else taking a cut. You can see a much more full portfolio of images at pacific-groundstar.com (my remote gallery). What’s visible on Groundstar Shadowlight Art is just a selection. Thanks again for your kind comments.

  5. Thank you David.Do you have a mailing list so I can be notified when the e-commerce aspect of this site is up and running? Thank you.

    1. As yet there is no mailing list. I want to get my head around the e-commerce side of things ASAP, so that has priority for now. Mailing list will follow. I’m just not sure when.

  6. David, your images are spectacular! I can’t stop looking at them!

    I just read your article about “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”. What wonderful memories you’ve stirred of my childhood.

    Thank you for producing this wonderful website. I can’t wait for you to add the e-commerce ability so we can purchase some of your art.

    All the best, Kevin

    1. Thanks very much Kevin. It’s always really helpful for me to get feedback like this. I’m expecting to have the e-commerce side of things running soon. I’m going to try a service called Fotomoto for print sales as they have a good comprehensive service and get good reviews. What’s delayed me is Fotomoto need images for printing at a different resolution to the files I’ve been printing from for years. It means I’ve had to go through all of my external hard disks to source the master files, and then re-save them at the different resolution. It’s not the work of a day. The Drawing With Light gallery alone had 54 images. I may drop some of the other galleries temporarily just to get something moving more quickly.

      I’m glad you liked the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea piece. It was legendary when I was a child, and sometimes for good reasons (sometimes for funny ones). I always used to laugh whenever intruders on the sub had got into the missile room by crawling through the air vents, and then locked the door from the inside. The crew would gather outside and Crane would say “Kowalski…..go and get something to blast this door open….we’ve got to get in there”. Whenever that happened I’d always say aloud to the TV “All you need is a step-ladder to get into the air vent, and you can get in the same way they did.” He never listened. I always used to feel sorry for poor Bob Dowdell (Chip Morton). The scripts would have him making the most absurd suggestions about why something had happened, and as he said it you could see another little bit of his soul fall away. They really were heroic actors.

  7. Wow just wow I can really find any other words to describe this. Thank you for sharing such a site. Kindest regards Julie

  8. I saw you talk about a mailing list in other comments do you know when this will happen. I would like to be a part of that.

    1. Thanks for your comments Cecil. I think the mailing you may have been referring to was to do with when the site had e-commerce (print sales) enabled on it. That went live about a week ago. If that isn’t what you meant, I’d really appreciate it if you could (at your leisure) let me know what sort of mailings you’d be interested in. Best wishes. D.

  9. Hi David

    The images are so different from anything I’ve seen before, they are stunning. I particularly liked the images of Yuri and Valentina -they are quite beautiful.

    1. Thank you Chrissie. That’s why I’ve got Yuri fronting the home page, and Valentina on my profile. Hard to go wrong that way. Thanks for looking in. Best wishes. D.

  10. Your pictures are absolutely stunning. So incredibly beautiful and moving at the same time. I also enjoyed reading your blog on Painting Light Photography. It gave me some food for thought. Thanks again and I will have to be popping in again hopefully soon!

    1. Well thank you Alicia. It’s always helpful (and encouraging) for me to receive comments like this. Thank you for looking in and taking the time to leave a comment. I do appreciate it. Best wishes. D.

  11. Good Morning,

    I just thought I would drop by with a little message to say I really like the new Look of the site. The prints I ordered came through yesterday and they were absolutely what I expected. I look forward to more from you. I actually have a request if that is possible.

    Again Thank You


    1. You’re very welcome Collette, and many thanks for letting me know about the prints. If you give me an outline of what your request is via email I’ll see what I can do to help with it.
      Many thanks again for your comments. They always help. Best wishes. D.

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