Anthony Da Vall
Photos by Anthony Da Vall.
I am a Creative Photographic Portrait Artist – I use this terminology as opposed to Portrait Photographer as I do not see myself as just a Portrait Photographer but instead an artist of creative photographic portraits.
I graduated in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Photographic Arts Practice from Northbrook College Sussex (awarded by Brighton university), basically a fine art degree in Photography (their words not mine). I've been interested in Photography since my parents bought me my first camera at the age of 11.
The one area I like to specialise in is fine/high detail photography which I really enjoy doing. I don’t use Adobe Photoshop, only Adobe Lightroom & the NIK plugins to edit my work. I do not add or remove props, backdrops etc, this would be against my artistic ethics.
I like to produce images that are different, striking, that engage the viewer making them think about what they are looking at. They are an un-reality, real yet not real at the same time. I like to use light, shadow & detail (yes that does include blemishes as well) to bring out more to express more to feel more. We are all unique and this should be expressed not hidden away.
All of my work has been self-funded and produced on a portfolio building zero budget with only minimal expenses covered, so just imagine what I could do with an actual budget.
I have also shot Sports, Macro, Portraits, Fashion, Landscapes (urban and traditional), Product, Architectural and Fine Art.
I’m just as happy in the studio as outside in the natural world, I have shot sporting events, nature, macro photography, still life. I’d like to experiment with HDR portrait photography the next time I do a portrait session.
I am always looking to continue to develop my photography, push my skills and expand my knowledge.
I won’t lie, I’ve never been a follower of fashion or trends nor particular brands either (unless you count photographic equipment). I do photographically speaking like minimalism & simplicity (as seen on my website).
So I’m a Photographic Artist? What does that actually mean? Well let’s see, I like taking pictures of pretty much anything, however I know what I like so I guess that’s a place to start.
Anyone can take a picture but to take a “good” picture, to capture more than the mundane meaningless detritus that propagates the various photo sites on the internet, that’s what a artist does and that is what I try to achieve.