People often ask me where I draw my inspirations from when it comes to my photography. The simple answer to that one is, considering I’ve never received any formal training of any kind in the art form, other wickedly talented photographers of course.
In the first of what will become a series of posts for me, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the inspirational talent of globe-trotting British photographer, David Hobcote.
In mid-November 2008, I was invited to join an online community of gifted photographers called “Digitally Devoted”. Upon joining, I was instantly drawn to David’s images which display all the qualities of photos I strive to shoot myself – intelligent and creative composition, clever use of light to maximise color depth and above all the capture of the “wow factor”.
Check out a few of these images and you’ll see what I mean.
A Short Biography
After spending many years directing commercial photography all over the world, David Hobcote now shoots from his purpose built studios on his farm in Yorkshire. He has combined his photography with his love of travel and subsequently travels extensively photographing landscapes, buildings, people and wildlife all over the globe.
The results are sold to newspapers, magazines and books. Last year, David had sales in over 20 countries across publications ranging from “Hello Magazine” to the center spread of the UK’s “Guardian Newspaper”.
In addition to this, David’s collections of limited edition prints have become much sought after amongst his admirers.
The Burj Dubai
There’s every chance that you may have already been exposed to some of David’s work. Last year, an email did the rounds internationally that contained some breathtaking images of the construction of the “Burj Dubai” – the world’s tallest building.
Sure enough, this great image (left) was one that David shot from a bell helicopter while on a trip to Dubai with his son. Talk about impressive!
These days, David Hobcote has turned his considerable talents to assisting a more than worthy cause – a Scottish charity organisation known as “Moni Malawai“. “Moni” means “hello” in Chichewa, the principle language of Malawi. Therefore the name of the charity translates to “Hello Malawi”.
The admirable goal of the Moni Malawi charity is both to raise awareness of the poverty induced hardships that the warm and friendly people of Malawi face, and also to directly assist the Malawi people by raising funds to advance educational opportunities, improve health conditions and attempt to reduce the levels of poverty in the country.
In November 2008, David randomly met Scott McMillan (Charity Director) on the shores of Lake Malawi. After spending some time with Scott and learning more about the poverty situation in Malawi first-hand, David generously offered to donate all sales of his “Malawi Collection” of signed and limited edition prints to the charity to help raise funds for projects in Kaponda, a district in central Malawi comprising of 36 villages. The first project Moni Malawi have become involved with in Kaponda, is the construction of a school.
The first major charity event at which David’s “Malawi Collection” prints were made available for purchase was at The Moni Malawi 2009 Dinner and Dance this weekend just gone. Communicating with David during this week, he suggested to me that the evening was a tremendous success. He sold five prints on the night with the promise that more would be snapped up from Internet sales following.
In the meantime, here’s a few more inspirational shots from David’s collection. If you like what you see and you’d love to see more (as I am ALWAYS keen to do), I highly recommend checking out his profile album on “Digitally Devoted”.