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I'd like to introduce you all to this amazing online and print collective platform of artists and creative professionals working at the intersection of fine art and environmentalism: @theearthissue. I've been following their work and journey since they first emerged. Their aim with this inspirational platform is to create a collaborative and experimental space in which artists, writers, photographers, and other creative professionals could vocalise their thoughts on this intersection between art and environmentalism 🌏🌱 My sister and I are big advocates for climate change and environmental issues. And I've always found photography and writing to be powerful tools to study nature and examine its rapid demise due to global warming. So when I came across this platform playing their role in raising awareness about environmental issues, I was so excited and inspired to revisit all my old work and see recent works on this important subject matter, in a new light.

I am currently working on a project that engages with the theme of environmentalism through varied metaphorical and symbolic imagery and writing. Second image is all I can show you at the moment from this series 😌 Also, I recently watched the film #Paterson that uses a lot of poetry. I was really inspired by the prose poetry used in this film - something I'm taking textual inspiration from for the new project.
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1st - my copy of @theearthissue magazine 🌱
2nd - from my new series currently untitled, 'were you ever kind to me?' | 2017
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Afternoon all! ☀️😎 @iamasterrdavid here posting from London today. I'd forgotten how unpleasant the city can be on a weather like this. I'm based in Surrey, usually cooler and greener 💦🌱❤️I hope you're all having a great day wherever in the world you are right now. For my second post, I'd like to share some work of a Dutch photographer @awoiska_vdm. I became acquainted with Awoiska's work couple of years ago during my internship with @unseenplatform. I find her method, resilience and patience for her subject matter fascinating and admirable. To me, it feels like she spends weeks and months in these remote mountains in complete isolation just so she can build a two-way trust relationship with her surroundings. And once she has settled in and gotten to know it well, that's when she goes off photographing. I recently saw her work at the @thephotographersgallery as part of Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2017.
In 2015 I was invited by @unseenplatform to photograph some VIP events for the fair. One of the events were held at Awoiska's studio in Amsterdam. That's when I really got to know her work well. I feel so lucky to have had that opportunity 🗝🙏🏾
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Images 1 to 3 from her work entitled 2009 - 2014 Nature and 2015 - 2016 Nature.
Images 4 and 5 I took in 2015 as part of Unseen Photo Fair VIP event.
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Good morning all! ☀️🌈 @iamasterrdavid back on the third day of @_photograd's IG takeover. I hope you've enjoyed this journey with me so far. Today I'd like to share images of some of the photographers that have provided visual and textual inspiration for my work over the years.
Starting with the truly inspirational visual artist and a dear friend @danielreganphotography. I met Daniel 5 years ago at London Art Fair. He was doing a panel talk about his project 'Insula'. The way he spoke about his work, he poured his heart and so much honesty into it. In a room full of people I felt as if he was only talking to me - I connected with his work and words so much. I immediately knew I had to speak to him afterwards. After the talk, I found courage to go upto him and honestly, he was so kind and friendly it took me by surprise 🤗. We exchanged contact details and since that day until today, we have supported each other during our exhibitions (mostly his) and any advice I need regarding my photography. Basically, any project I've created over the years, Daniel's work has been my go to for both visual and textual inspiration. Daniel even helped me edit my project 'Silent Chaos' and any text that I wrote for it. Thank you for your beautiful and honest work and for your friendship 😊
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Swipe left for more images: from series 'Abandoned', from series 'Fragmentary' and from series 'Insula'
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Hello everyone! @iamasterrdavid here with the last post of the day. I thought I'd end the day with some images of 'Silent Chaos' in print. Couple of years ago I experimented printing this body of work on a digital tabloid newspaper with @newspaperclub. My tutor introduced me to the idea of printing some of my work for my end of year portfolio review on newsprint paper. I was skeptical about the quality of the print at first but then I thought, it wouldn't hurt to at least give it a try. Well I did and the quality wasn't as great as I hoped because they are really high contrast b&w images but I loved the layout and minimal design. It really mirrored the subject matter of the images I thought.
I have been thinking about doing another test but perhaps try a different type of paper this time.
#trialanderror 🗝
I hope you've enjoyed learning about this series as much as I've enjoyed revisiting and sharing it with you ☺️ Thank you for following along. Back tomorrow with some more images. For now, goodnight to you all! ✨
p.s. sorry for the bad quality pictures (I took them in a bit of a hurry 😇)
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Image: series 'Silent Chaos' printed on digital tabloid newspaper with #newspaperclub
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Final excerpt from Silent Chaos:
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"endlessly branching
for preservation."
🌱🗝
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This image didn't make the final edit but it is one of my favourite from this series. You can see the full series and poem on my website (link in bio 🔗) 😌
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Image and words: from series 'Silent Chaos' | 2014
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I'd like to share some excerpts from the poem I wrote for Silent Chaos:
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"though now left empty, on the borderline
between shadows and reveries.
it becomes your nature within a world,
that never understands.
broken it may be, living in the shadows,
it is home.
you will be heard in this silent chaos,
find your way home. one day."
🌱🗝
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Image and words: from series 'Silent Chaos' | 2014
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I'd like to share some excerpts from the poem I wrote for Silent Chaos:
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"harboured you have, the secrets,
deep within the vessel of wrath.
it's a jungle of darkness and deceit,
days of gentle happiness
feel numbered."
🌱🗝
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Image and words: from series 'Silent Chaos' | 2014
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Hello everyone! @iamasterrdavid here with the second post of the day. This project began 3 years ago in my local woodland which is less than 10mins walk from my house. Back then it was a place I went to escape the daily stresses of life and to embrace solitude and stillness through nature - an ideal setting for metaphysical and emotional meditation. I took my camera with me on every walk and for a year I just took pictures of the ethereal and often scarred aesthetics of nature and landscape around me. It also became a meditative exercise for me to examine nature's strength to transform and heal itself from its inhabitants 🌱
Then towards the end of the year, I was invited by @no_barking_art (a multidisciplinary art magazine) to submit some new work for a feature in their second issue. I was honoured to have the opportunity but panicked at the same time, thinking I have no new work to submit. I decided to re-visit the images that I had taken so far in this place and realised that the resulting images bore uncanny resemblance to the details of my past. I decided to use this visual expression as a vessel to draw a poetic and metaphoric reflection on unresolved traumatic memories from my past, identity and mental state. I also wrote a poem to go with the images that I had chosen for the feature. And that's how 'Silent Chaos' series emerged! 🙂
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Images: from series 'Silent Chaos' | 2014
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Good Afternoon all! 😊 This is @iamasterrdavid back for the second day of @_photograd's IG takeover. I'm really excited today as I get to share some images from an old but favourite series and very close to my heart 🗝

But I'd also like to tell you a bit about my photographic practice. I began taking photographs sometime in late 2011 as a tool to deal with the problematic and emotional relationship that I have with repressed memories and feelings surrounding my past. Since then, photography has been a platform and ‘ally’ for emotional release and therapeutic expression. And the core focus of my work has been to create and engage with images that invoke a dialogue around mental health, identity, and self-acceptance. Through my images and text, I intend to challenge the inherent implications of repressed traumatic memories and their long-term effect on one’s mental state.
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Image: from series 'Silent Chaos' | 2014
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This is the last image of the day and I wanted to end with an installation shot of 'Labyrinth' at @freerangeshows. For my grad show, I decided to exhibit an odd number (number of images) even though I had 4 images ready to be exhibited. For some reason I've always favoured an odd number during the editing process of any series I create.

Now, you can see the full series on my website (link in bio 🔗) where you'll also find a poem that I wrote for this project.

This is @iamasterrdavid signing off for tonight. I hope you've enjoyed the images I've shared with you on my first day of @_photograd 's IG takeover. Feel free to ask me any questions/comments you may have 🙂

Goodnight for now! 😴
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Image: 'Labyrinth, Free Range Shows, London | 2016'
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Last two images of the first day of my IG TakeOver with @_photograd. The second time I returned to this place, I took my Polaroid camera with me (but not my tripod 😬). So I wanted to show you how strange and haunting this place looked on a Polaroid. It was part of my experimentation. Oh and I also found traces of people actually squatting in this place 🙊

I still to this day don't know exactly what kind of place it was and why it was left abandoned. But chance encounter with this place gave birth to 'Labyrinth' and I couldn't be happier about that.
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'Labyrinth' embodies a metaphysical journey to the desolate depths of my mind where traumatic memories from the past have festered over time. It's a poetic reflection on the effects these memories have had on my mental state, identity, relationships, and the present.
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It took me roughly 5-6 months to realise that this was definitely the project I wanted to pursue. After I returned from Holland, I dived straight into my dissertation research. I was reading a lot of essays by German philosopher and writer Walter Benjamin. I came across several passages in these essays where Benjamin suggested that his mind was like a labyrinth of memories. It was these passages that prompted me back to the images I had taken of this ‘labyrinth-like’ place and ultimately informed my series. The title of the project also emerged from Benjamin’s literature on the notion of ‘mind as labyrinth’.
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Image: 'untitled iii from Labyrinth', 2015
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Hey everyone! @iamasterrdavid here again on my first day of @_photograd 's IG takeover 📷 'Labyrinth' started off simply as a diaristic record of this haunting place. But after I returned to the U.K. and realised that this is what I wanted my degree project to be (the project just felt 'right'), I decided to make a trip back to this place and this time I had lots of ideas in mind to experiment with the light as well as shoot on film. But even after such meticulous planning, and mind you this time I actually had to break into this place (trespass in the name of art 🤓) - the first time I got lucky and the door was unlocked - this place proved even more difficult to photograph. The darkness in this place completely consumed you, nothing like I've ever experienced before.

Yes I should've used a tripod but to be honest, I didn't expect to get into this place again therefore, I didn't bother carrying one with me - massive fail! I wasn't planning on trespassing 🙊 I promise! Nevertheless, I managed to get a lot of experimental images like these and this is actually one of my favourite even though it didn't make the final edit.
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Hey everyone, this is @iamasterrdavid taking over @_photograd's instagram for 4 days. I hope you're all enjoying your weekend and this glorious weather in the U.K. or wherever in the world you are right now ☀️😎🌏
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The second image I'd like to share is also from the series 'Labyrinth' (first image in the series though #factsonly 😁). This project began two years ago while I was living in Holland. I was going through a really rough time there and went through all kinds of highs, the lows, and everything in between. I was in a dire need to turn things around so I decided to travel around the country. My last stop was in the south of Holland, a town called Maastricht, when I came across this huge derelict building.

I decided to go in and within a matter of minutes, I was wholly consumed by this place. As strange as it may sound, I felt such a strong connection to it, to the darkness, the eerie smell, stillness of the air, and the way parts of the building were lit by tiny streaks of light. In a way, it felt like this place was mirroring my mental state that it had been at that time for weeks. I started photographing not knowing then that it would later turn into a coherent body of work in the form of 'Labyrinth'.
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You can read more about this project in an interview I did with @pupilsphere (link in bio 🔗)
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Good morning all! ☀️This is @iamasterrdavid taking over @_photograd's instagram for the next few days (18 – 21). I’m honoured to have this opportunity to share my work with you all on this exciting and brilliant platform for photography graduates. I graduated from @uniwestminster a year ago with a BA in Photographic Arts. This takeover couldn’t have been timed better as this time last year, I was rigorously preparing for my final year graduate show at @freerangeshows. So I thought it’d be good to start the takeover with some images from my degree project entitled ‘Labyrinth’ and a little bit of insight into how this project was born 🗝
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Since my graduation, I have had the opportunity to do quite a bit of travelling and make new work. So for the next few days, I'd be sharing some images from my travels, images + words from old and work in progress projects, and works from artists that have inspired and informed my practice over the years (not in that order though 😁). So welcome and I hope you enjoy this TakeOver journey with me 😌
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Picture: 'untitled iv from Labyrinth', 2016
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I keep the ends out for the tie that binds... because you're mine... I walk the line... with respect to Johnny Cash

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