Project Pages

'for Samuel' – image-dissolve photographic portrait

Reposted on YouTube in Oct 2023 after the addition of music by Lee Patterson, this piece was originally made for my son Samuel in 2015 using imagery taken between 1997 and 2015.




Made in 2022, this showreel of extracts from image-dissolve, TRILOGY: LIVED was posted publicly on YouTube in October 2023. 



some thoughts - 'TRILOGY: LIVED'

Filmed in April '22 this piece to camera was posted publicly on YouTube in Oct '23 – some thoughts informing the 3 image-dissolve videos with sound, TRILOGY: LIVED. With many thanks to Lee Patterson



'Is': Ecstasies l-XXll - image-dissolve with music by Bach played by Glenn Gould

An image-dissolve video comprising the series of 22 images, 'Is': Ecstasies l-XXll which were made in 1988 - the complete set of images also appear on this website. At the time, I dedicated the project to the renowned Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould having listened to his music (mostly Bach) on headphones throughout the actual production of the work. I recently decided to combine the images with Gould playing Fugue No 22 in B-Flat minor BMV 867 from The Well-Tempered Clavier.



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.



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.



for Samuel (slow-dissolve photo video)

This video is a slow-dissolve diptych portrait of my son Samuel, using images taken between 1997 - 2015.



Not Two

These conjoined diptychs are extracted from the ongoing, extended series, Not Two.  Made from myriad everyday observations, they combine seemingly disparate elements to allude to underlying, potentially infinite interconnectivity.

2014- in progress


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.




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.



88 Places (from the project series, one taste: (n)ever-changing)

one taste: (n)ever-changing is the overarching title of a series of projects undertaken in Kyoto between 2003 and 2009. 

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.



Cedar Tree - Tofuku-ji Zen Temple (from the project series, one taste: (n)ever-changing)

one taste: (n)ever-changing is the overarching title of a series of projects undertaken in Kyoto between 2003 and 2009. 

This project consists of a series of 8 triptychs of a cedar tree shot throughout the same day at Tofuku-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



one taste: (n)ever-changing


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




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)



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)



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)



Post Office Commission

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



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



Royal Wedding