"Why?" with Dave Williams
Images copyright Dave Williams. All rights reserved.
by Skip Cohen
Like any ongoing projects we sometimes get involved in, I hit a creative block and put "Why?" on the back burner for a few months. Well, it's back with a vengeance, and nothing has changed from the original purpose of the series - "Why?" is about introducing you to the movers and shakers in the industry through their backstories about their favorite images.
It's time for you to meet Dave Williams from the UK. He's an artist, photographer, educator, author, KelbyOne Instructor and is proof the world is getting smaller. Thanks to Skype, having him share the back story about the image above was no more complicated than a phone call to my next-door neighbor.
Dave and I met through Platypod. You'll find him sharing content on the Platypod blog regularly. He's also got a great book out, The Complete Aurora Guide. Just click on the thumbnail to the right.
You can see more of Dave's work on his Instagram page, where he's always sharing new images. And just to give you a comparison of his favorite photograph from Norway above, here's what it looks like on a clear night:
As you listen to Dave's backstory on the image above in the snow, he shares a thought everyone can appreciate. To paraphrase, sometimes our favorite photos are tied to the memories they capture and not the final image's overall quality. As Dave said, "It'll never win an award, but it's one of my most favorites."
Looking for some great online courses? Check out Dave's page on KelbyOne with a click on any thumbnail below. From various articles to four different online courses, Dave's expertise as an educator comes shining through to help you raise the bar on the quality of your work.
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Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.