David Anthony Hall was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. His first published work appeared over 28 years ago in an article marking the 150 year anniversary of photography. Hall studied at what is now the Institute of Art (Dublin) going on to establish himself as a still life photographer in London. However, by 2000 he realised he was not totally fulfilled as a commercial photographer and decided to concentrate full time on his personal work.
David is particularly proud of the various projects he has undertaken focused on improving well-being by humanising the environment of medical facilities. The effect his images have on medical environments is tremendous; they provide a brief moment of reflection, quieting the mind in what can be a stressful environment for all concerned, whether it be patients, visitors or staff.
The distinct and prehistoric form of a tree provides a tie between ourselves and our earthly origins; dating back hundreds of millions of years, each has borne witness to our evolution and they are symbols of our relationship and weight on the earth.’
Following an invitation by Sony Electronics USA to attend a special function in California I found myself realising a childhood dream to follow in the footsteps of my childhood hero Ansel Adams. Consequently I embarked on a 3,239 mile road trip from San Diego to Seattle, taking in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Redwood and Olympic National Parks. I have since repeated the trip adding a few more National Parks & State Parks to my itinerary.
What really struck me about my travels in America was how fragile the trees I visited were and how much human activity has endangered them, we think of globalisation as a modern phenomena but you may well be surprised to discover that in the UK we have a number of Giant Sequoia’s growing as in 1850’s, William Lobb visited The Giant Sequoias in California where he collected seeds, shoots, and seedlings. These and many more were snatched up by wealthy Victorians to beautify their great British estates kicking off quite a trade.
California has been experiencing drought for many years mainly due to human agriculture and this has seriously endangered the Giant Sequoias. California’s iconic redwoods are also in danger from fire and infectious disease again as a result of man. Further north on the Olympic peninsula in the pacific northwest exploring the temperate rainforests of Hoh and Quinault feels like stepping back in time. However these rainforests were very nearly lost to us, logging which only began in the late 19th century was so intensive that we got the first view of totally clear-cut hillsides as early as the 1920’s. This temperate rainforest had been pristine for millennia prior to this and today is littered with the stumps of ancient trees that were chopped down to fuel mans insatiable demand for raw materials.