Photographer: David Garthwaite
🖼 "I’m David Garthwaite, a 40 years old fine art photographer working in the UK and Europe focussing on architectural subjects."
❓ Who or what influenced you as a photographer the most at the beginning of your journey?
🗣 Easily Michael Kenna, when I was starting photography (2017) I was trying all sorts of styles looking for the direction I wanted to go. When I came across his work, I was blown away by the simplicity and beauty. I knew I wanted to do something similar, but I didn’t know where to start. Later I discovered Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia Anna Gospodarou and their book which described the process of creating fine art images and that set me on my journey of learning the process and developing my own voice.
❓How did you start your professional career?
🗣 That is a very recent thing. I've started running tutorials on how to create images like mine but COVID offered an opportunity to present to camera clubs in a location. I have 21 clubs lined up for presentations in 2021 and am still adding to that number. Next for me is to adapt my editing to more landscape and natural images as I believe they will give me more opportunity for print sales.
❓ What software and hardware do you use, and why?
🗣 I use Lightroom for cataloging and rating images only, Photoshop for every aspect of editing. I use a plug-in for creating luminosity masks, which can be done for free with an action but the plug-in really makes creating masks easier.
• Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790K CPU @ 4.00GHz
• 24Gb RAM
• 1Tb SSD
• 8TB NAS
• Mouse (I should use a pen, but I can’t get used to them)
❓ What does photography mean to you, and what motivates you?
🗣 In many areas of my life I make things, at home I make furniture in my job I deliver large projects to make big changes within organizations and this is another way in which I make something, in this case, photographic art.
Although being an extension of what I already do, it's still an escape as it's all on my terms, I get to go where I want to go, do what I want to do and create the images I want to create.
❓What was your most challenging project, and why?
🗣 Writing the tutorials I found challenging, particularly explaining composition and how I go about creating the style of image. They are things that previously I’d done without consciously thinking about it, so it forced me to take some introspection time. This turned out to be very useful as by the end of this, I had a clear understanding of not only what I was doing but why I was doing it. Which allowed me to develop a very clear style which I carry through my images.
❓What was the most important skill that you learned, and how does it help you now?
🗣 To use social media as a tool to bring attention to my
❓What is your dream project you're starving to try in the next 10 years?
🗣 I’d love to get some serious traveling done, visit some amazing places.
❓ Can you tell us about a personal or professional project you are proud of?
🗣 I tend not to look backwards very much, I like to think forwards, however I’ve tried my hand at a few things in the last few years and found that with hard work, intelligence and persistence you can achieve much more than you thought you could. My photography is progressing so much that, something I’m very happy with at the time, a year later I won’t be as happy with.
❓ Do you have any passion projects you're working on or plan to start?
🗣 I’m planning visits to major European cities so once we can travel normally again I’ll be booking visits, it's great to experience other countries at the same time as photography
❓If you had just one question about anything that you could ask and get an answer, what would it be?
🗣 Is there an afterlife?