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David Mayhew

David Mayhew was born in the UK where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. After 5 years as a practicing Engineer David said farewell to the 9 to 5 work environment and took up photography, starting at the College of DuPage, IL in 2004. David has also traveled extensively as is reflected in his photographs of many places.

David looks for unique ways of photographing his subjects. He looks for individual detail, abstraction, color, contrast and composition in his images – to name but a few approaches! He is an eager storm chaser and captures the beauty of these breathtaking freaks of nature, capturing moments and scenes that will never again be repeated.

David is an accomplished photographer in all mediums of the art, but has a strong preference to digital for his fine art work. Digital allows more control in achieving the intended results and helps to enhance contrast and colors, bringing out hidden detail in scenes. All prints are on archival photo paper using acid free materials throughout.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Most landscape photographers do not pay adequate attention to the beauty of the sky, despite the sky generally occupying a large portion of each photo. The normal approach is to find a location of natural beauty to photograph. My approach is very different. I seek the sky I want to photograph and then seek a subject that may enhance the scene or I simply fill the frame with sky and cloud formations.

In my photographs I make the sky and weather the primary subject for my work. I seek good composition, strong color and an unusual appearance, often an abstract element of the sky. Often dramatic cloud formations fill the sky, belittling any object on the ground as well as creating the feeling of immense space.

The severe weather of the Midwest plains provides the best opportunities for me in Spring each year and it takes me anywhere from Texas to Canada. Dedication and persistence are certainly a requirement for my work, often traveling over 1000 miles in a day and at times without seeing a photogenic storm. However, when the elements come together the result is undeniably spectacular.

EDUCATION:

2004 - 2008College of DuPage (COD), IL, USA
Certificate in Photography GPA 4.0/4.0

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