David was born 1954 in Umtali, Southern Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe). When 9 years old he emigrated to Australia with his family, growing up in Perth. David's love of architectural forms was fostered by his father, who was a builder with the eye and heart of an architect.

His passion for photography grew out of a childhood hobby and became a full time career. Even back then, as now, he was consciously looking for that different point of view. Artists like David Hockney, Jeffrey Smart and Picasso have always been creative inspirations.

The theme that tracks through David's body of work across the years is the built environment; its graphic lines and abstracted forms. More recently this has evolved into an exploration of how we might shift our everyday perceptions of our urban and industrial world beyond the habitual and mundane ways of our everyday lives. By bringing curiosity, and by exploring unique viewpoints, he asks what other ways of seeing might be possible, encouraging a dynamic interplay of relationship between ourselves and our built environment.

Work held in collections:
Museum of Victoria
Melbourne In Spires BIG Picture Collection
State Library of Victoria
Melbourne In Spires Limited Edition of Fine Art Architectural Calendars 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997
Corporate Collections
Fine art photographic works of architecture and the built environment
Silver Top Taxis HQ, Wyndham on William, Federation Square, Heidelberg Australia, McLean Delmo, Fender Katsalidis Architects, 1O1 Collins Street (and others)
The Australian Photographer's Collections
Volumes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
Various private collections

2011 Finding Sacred Space in a Secular World (Clement Meadmore Gallery)
2011 Finding Sacred Space in a Secular World (Fringe Programme of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2011)
2004 Light, Line and Space (Federation Square)
1994 Melbourne In Spires BIG Picture Exhibition (1O1 Collins Street, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts)
1990 Sitting in the Dark (CUB Malthouse/Playbox Theatre)

2011 Photography Museum of Lishui, China (in preparation)
2010 1st China International Digital Photography Art Exhibition (Photography Museum of Lishui, China)
ACMP Collection Travellling Exhibition (works from The Australian Photographer's Collection)
AIPP Award Travelling Exhibition

International Colour Awards - Honorable Mention
2013 Professional Architecture
International Colour Awards - Nominee
2013 Professional Architecture
2010 Professional Still Life
2009 Professional Architecture
2008 Professional Architecture

International Black and White Spider Awards - Nominee
2012 Professional Architecture
2011 Professional Architecture

1st International China Digital Photography Exhibition
2010 Silver Award

Australian Institute of Professional Photography
2000 Australian Commercial & Industrial Photographer of the Year
2000 Double Master of Photography

Victorian Institute of Professional Photography
2002 Highest scoring landscape print
2000 Victorian Commercial & Industrial Photographer of the Year

National Print Awards
2001 Gold & Silver Award

Photo © Zenio Lapka 2011 (used with permission)