Project Pages
 

Photography School Blethers

A lunchtime online exchange with Alicia Bruce, founder of Portobello Photography School covering aspects of the work I have undertaken in Portobello over the last 40 years. 


2020 September

 

Prologue alitpassage

This two minute video of 10 still images selected from 40 years of practice serves as a preamble to a conversation with alitpassage host James Boobar. (Please see below)


2020 September

 

alitpassage conversation

'Nothing , Everything, Non-Duality, with photographer, visual artist, musician David Williams'


2020 September

 

YouTube Channel (all-in-all)

YouTube channel containing a variety of photography related pieces and lectures / presentations.

The channel also features certain musical performances. 

 

Trying to Get Home (video)

Trying to Get Home – an illustrated talk featuring images from a variety of projects. This presentation was given at Edinburgh Napier University as part of its Photography Lecture Series. It aims to show aspects of my work in the context of nonduality.


2019

 

Promenade (video trailer for full-length version)

A moving image piece incorporating video, binaural sound and slow-dissolve photographic imagery. It celebrates The Big Busk, a significant annual community event on Portobello Promenade (on the outskirts of Edinburgh) involving performers of all ages and capabilities playing music across all genres.

2018

 

for Samuel (slow-dissolve photo video)

This video is a slow-dissolve diptych portrait of my son Samuel, using images taken between 2004 - 2015.



2015

 

Dreaming Difference

These conjoined diptychs are extracted from the ongoing, extended series, Dreaming Difference.  Made from myriad everyday observations, they combine seemingly disparate elements to allude to underlying, potentially infinite interconnectivity.

2014- in progress

 

The Illusion of Agency

These images are of tiny plastic figurines (no bigger than one’s thumbnail) originally intended for use in architectural models. The work questions notions of free will and choice.


2014

 

flow...

This photographic typology depicts couples of all ages and backgrounds realaxing by the Kamo River which flows through Kyoto, Japan. The Kamo has been the location for couples spending time together in this way for many, many years. 

As well as providing commentary on contemporary Japanese culture, 'flow...' alludes to an underlying unicity through the ever-changing / never-changing nature of both the river and the couples themselves.


The work exists in print form, but was also shown in Kyoto as a slow dissolve video installation in the Weissraum Gallery which is situated by the Kamo River itself.

2009



 

one taste: (n)ever-changing
(88 Places)

one taste: (n)ever-changing is the overarching title of an extended body of work carried out over recent years at a variety of Japanese Buddhist temple sites, mainly in Kyoto. It was completed in 2007.

Within this, '88 Places' is a typological project based on each of the Orin (devotion bells) at the 88 Omuro Ninaji Temples, a popular site of pilgrimage. Using serial strategies, the intention is to interrogate inter-related, dualistic notions of 'time', 'space' and 'self' and to produce the visual equivalent of mantra.

2007

 

one taste: (n)ever-changing (Tofuku-ji Zen temple)

A series of 8 triptychs of a cedar tree shot throughout the same day at Tufuku-ji Zen Temple, Kyoto. 

... the rigid formalism of these images is designed to connote the dialogue between nature and culture, permanence and change, form and emptiness ...

...Williams has created these triptychs by isolating the sections of each image to the left and to the right of the tree trunk and reproducing these scenes as the flanking panels. But, in each case, the section that sits to the right of the trunk is reproduced as the left hand panel while the section to the left of the trunk is presented as the right hand panel.  The linear progression, the sense of time unfolding, is made to turn back on itself so that present, past, and future become one ‘(n)ever-changing’ thing.

Dr Tom Normand

2003


 

one taste: (n)ever-changing
(Various)

2003-2007
 

Stillness and Occurence

Stillness and Occurrence is a series of fifteen seascapes undertaken over a five-year period, the vantage point being a small stretch of beach at Portobello, situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh. 


The images were shot on medium format film using long exposures on sunny days in conditions of mild haar and low wind. 


The work finds its roots in my abiding interest in nonduality and the reconciliation / integration of apparent opposites –


Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. The Heart Sutra


Wisdom says, ‘I am nothing’. Love says, ‘I am everything’. Between the two my life flows. 


Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj  I AM THAT


1995-2000 

 

Source

Source was comissioned by The National Galleries of Scotland for the Contemporary Room of the exhibition Light from the Dark Room. This installation consists of 5 closely hung metre square sections.

... we see light coming out of darkness and hear sound coming out of silence ... the mirroring of the images about the central void makes a great embracing crescendo. 
(Dr James Lawson)


1995

 

Findings... Bitter-sweet

Originally shot on Polaroid SX-70 and then enlarged for final presentation, this work represents a semi-autobiographical journey. It was later made into a photo animation.

The argument of the work is that the bitter and the sweet are not epithetical, but are woven into the very substance of existence.

(Dr James Lawson)


1994

 

Is: Ecstasies I-XXII

The points of light and recurring signs and symbols, with their vague reference to archetypes, are the notes of harmony and discord in a musical pattern that resolve unease into calm assurance.

(David Chandler)


1988

 

Post Office Commission

This body of work was commissionedby the GPO in Scotland to celebrate its 350th anniversary.

1985

 

Pictures From No Man's Land

This artist-in-residence project was commissioned by St. Margaret's School for Girls, Edinburgh, in conjunction with the Scottish Arts Council.


'I sought to allude to the universal process whereby children grow into adolescents… the concomitant, inexorable shift from innocence to self-consciousness.

David Williams


... one of the most absorbing and informative visual records of the late 20th century

Norman Parkinson

1984

 

Royal Wedding

1981