It was travel that initially sparked Luke David’s interest in photography. Specifically, a trip to Japan in 2016 was to ignite his passion and place him on the trajectory he currently finds himself on. “I submitted a few shots into some competitions and did really well, and my passion really began. Since then, I’ve read magazines, blog posts, watched videos – everything I could do to learn and improve my skills,” he says.
Not fully satisfied with the breadth and depth of what he was learning on his own, in order to help him move past what he’d been shooting and to challenge his thinking, expose himself to new genres and techniques, find his photographic voice, and to see where his photography might lead, David enrolled to do an Advanced Diploma in Photography at Photography Studies College (PSC), in Melbourne.
David’s main focus to date is travel photography, international or local, but he also loves spending hours on city streets hunting down fleeting moments to capture. The thing that interests him most about travel is the sense of discovery. “I love the discovery of a new place, a new idea, or new people and their story,” he says. David’s main project, part of his formal study at PSC, has been a visual narrative through a post-apocalyptic world, shot entirely in infra-red. Another current project, Faces of Pride, is a series of environment portraits of people from the LGBTIQ community.
David’s ultimate goal is to one day leave the corporate world and focus on photography as a full-time profession, finding his niche around travel, documentary, and photojournalism. In the brief time that he’s been shooting, David is no stranger to awards having been named a finalist in Travel Photographer of the Year – Best Single Image in a Portfolio in 2016, and again in 2017 in the New Talent Category, and winning the Travel category of the Kentia Prize Photography Competition in 2018.
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