David is a British-based photographer who has been creating art in one form or another since time began.
Born in Tasmania, his early life revolved mainly around music – with only the odd foray into the visual arts. He studied music at university and initially set out to be a classical musician. However, fate introduced him to the post-punk movement of the late 70’s and inspired by the music of bands like Joy Division he gave up the orchestra pit for a life in the underground scene. David played in a number of influential Australian bands in the 80’s and 90’s such as Madroom, Dead Sex Fever, King Snake Roost, Kaktus Mantras and Deathless. He recorded and toured extensively throughout Australia, USA and Europe before moving to the UK at the end of the 90’s. In the UK he released the well-received album From Dungeon’s Luxury of Doubt under the name Eternia before deciding to slip into musical obscurity. He has had somewhere around 35 cd/vinyl releases during his career and he is credited rightly or wrongly in the music media as being one of the people who “invented grunge”.
An underground aesthetic has always influenced David’s art – but it seems to be less about needing to be different, and more about a genuine failure to recognise that compromise and conformity is a possibility.
In 2011, David bought a camera and started taking landscape photos whilst on holiday – this quickly evolved into an obsession. Just like his music, David’s photography is dark and brooding. There is depth and emotion in his photos – and he finds a natural beauty in sadness that gives his images a haunting air of quiet gravitas. The solitude is only occasionally broken by glimpses of dry humour.
In 2015, 2 of his images Skye Descending and The Grave of Betty Corrigall were shortlisted for the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year award. His first book the beauty of solitude :: the photography of david quinn is published in 2016.
David currently lives in rural Buckinghamshire with his wife the lovely Katy who is an exceptional glass art and jewellery maker.
My art is personal and unashamedly dark. I take inspiration from painters such as Salvator Rosa and the sublime landscapes of 18/19th century Romantics like Caspar David Friedrich. I am fascinated by the lure of the natural world and my own emotional response to it.
I view the camera as a tool and a photograph as Art – I am not overly concerned with representing absolute reality in the photographic process. My images inevitably have a painterly feel to them that may only peripherally maintain the veneer of photography. The infinite possibilities are what I most like about the digital photographic process.