Defined by Landscape
David is a landscape and social documentary photographer with a special interest in wilderness areas and how the development of global tourism is changing the landscape, ecology and culture of these regions. He has photographed in Africa, South America, Antarctica, the Caucasus, the Western Alps and the UK.
For his major project on the Masters program at Harrogate School of Art and Design, David joined a commercial trekking group and for twenty-three days he walked through the Khumbu region of Nepal, a region that includes the Everest trail, one of the most developed tourist trails in the Himalayas.
His photographic record of this journey, a mixture of digital and large format film that is presented as a series of large scale layered composite images that invite the viewer to discover elements within the large vistas that pose questions of the impact both physical and cultural of global tourism. Included alongside his photographs are archive images from the Royal Geographical Society archive, images that show this region when it was first opened to the developed world sixty years ago. David’s images are a personal reflection on wilderness tourism today, an uneasy world where globally marketed business collides with a wild, remote environment and culture.
This exhibition is a culmination of two years work on the Masters program at Harrogate School of Art and Design. The work is a photographic record of the Khumbu region of Nepal including Everest base camp, where David explores the geographical and social impact of global tourism in this remote area.