Photographer/videographer, artist and web producer was born in South Africa, he immigrated to Canada in 1987 proudly clutching a B. Fine Art, majoring in Photography plus three years intense photojournalism experience during the height of the independence struggles in South Africa.
A skilled photojournalist and social documentary photographer with 30 years behind the lens, David’s images have been published and exhibited around the globe. David’s true passion lies in getting to know people and capturing the real stories.
After a year long bicycle ride around South in 1983, through which his love and appreciation of his countries different culture grew, David began shooting for Afrapix and Agence France Presse, his camera documented people’s struggles through the mid 80’s as people took to the streets in the struggle against apartheid.
Immigrating to Canada in 1987, he continued to hone his documentary photographic skills, refocusing his lens on the lives of working people, factory workers, fishers, oil workers, loggers, Indigenous Canadians, refugees and immigrants from coast to coast to coast. With the changing of technologies toward the late 90s it was David’s time to change too. In the hope a wider developing a wider audience for storytelling, David trained in digital media and web production at the world renown Canadian Film Centre’s Bell Habitat – Centre for interactive story telling. Following his uptraining David collaborating with some of Canada’s best documentary makers, pocketing new Media awards coveted awards along the way at Hot Docs film festival and Sympatico Ontario New Media award.
Combining his love of storytelling with his passion for sailing, David launched the hugely successful Floating Classroom, based on a virtual science classroom of his sailboat in collaboration with the Ontario Science Centre and to which over 350 schools around the globe subscribed.
In 2013 the open seas called out again, leaving Canada behind onboard his yacht ANAHATA David set off to pursue his lifelong dream of sailing to the South Pacific. In the South Pacific he feels like he has come home and instantly fell in love with the different cultures and the genuine hospitality all the Pacific islanders show toward outsiders. The South Pacific too has has been a rebirth of David’s love of visual story telling. The tool chest keeps expanding and now includes drones and underwater camera added to the mix.
The Vulaga project is a dream come true to spend extended period of time in one community and document the vanishing culture of the Pacific out islands.