David Anthony Hall
Operating on a scale which is truly immersive David Anthony Hall captures landscape in exquisite detail which are reproduced on an architectural scale. Hall uses a particular panoramic photographic technique to open up a wide space for his audience to explore. There is a suggestion of escapism as well as exploration in David’s work, as if he is creating a window for the viewer and inviting them to climb through.
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’s images have been described as “providing soul for buildings” and have been exhibited all over the world. He has taken part in over forty international art fairs and his work is included in the private collections in over fourteen countries. ‘My images are observed from nature, particularly trees and woodland, giving an escape into the open without leaving the room. The prints are deliberately large, deriving impact from their sheer scale; they can be viewed up close – with each look revealing new details – while from afar they present vistas that entice the entire line of sight, a window through which to escape.
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 act of nature is central to the philosophy of my work. I seek to ignite the fundamental connectedness between our all-consuming race and the natural environment that has born us. Whilst searching for meaning in existence and ancestry, I uncovered a living bridge to our origins in the form of Trees.’
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.’
On his more recent body of work, David comments:
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.