David Sark’s photos embody exactly what we strive to publish visually, particularly on our Instagram channel. He captures a more moody aspect to the locations he explores around Australia and conveys deep emotions through lighting, composition and colour grade.
Freelance Graphic Designer by day. Night time street photographer after hours. Weekend explorer.
Your weapons of choice (camera and lenses)?
I rarely leave the house without my Canon 5D Mkiii and 16-35mm f2.8 lens. I prefer to travel light but will also drop my 50mm f1.2 lens into my bag now and then.
What does microadventure mean to you?
I live in the city and constantly surrounded by the hustle and bustle of city life so getting out allows me to clear my mind, breathe some fresh air and capture some photos from new perspectives. A road trip is also a great way to catch up with mates, share dumb stories, have a laugh and a few beers!
What been your favourite microadventures to date?
Recently I went on a trip to Tasmania, with some fellow shooters, where I experienced vastly different sights and locations each day. Amazing coastal cliff faces, serene sheltered bays at sunrise and icy lakes all on the same trip. It was a crazy few days racing to capture sunrise moments and chasing last light at the end of the day. I had never been before and those memories will be with me for a long time.
Your photography has taken you all over the world but where is your most special place in Australia?
I have lived in London and travelled far and wide through Europe but home in Sydney is still where my heart lies. Finding a place along the harbour and watching the sunset is something I will never tire of. It’s such a joy when the sky explodes into a pink and red wash of colour when you least expect it.
How has travel impacted your life?
I love the way travel can help open your eyes to new cultures and experiences. I enjoy the feeling of seeing something for the first time, being completely lost in a city and tasting local treats I’ve never indulged in before. By venturing into unfamiliar cities where English is rarely spoken I find my confidence grows and I feel great self achievement when I figure out minor things that you take for granted at home like how a train system works! I would love to go back to all those cities I have been previously been and capture new experiences through my camera lens. But in the meantime weekend getaways will have to do.
Ok, so you’ve got 48 hours to adventure in Australia. Where would you go?
As far away from Sydney as possible! I would love to explore the rugged isolation of the Kimberley in WA. The colour of the changing landscapes look amazing.
Any exciting projects you’ve been working on recently?
I have recently exhibited my photos as a part of a couple of photography festivals and currently planning a trip overseas which I hope will spark some inspiration for my next show!
Apart from your camera gear, what’s the one piece of essential kit you’d always carry in the great outdoors?
My Northface weather proof jacket, always!
The quote that you live by?
“I’m a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm”
I don’t live by quotes but Iggy and Stooges are awesome.