In a time when we are all dreaming of that exotic travel destination and searching for escapism in the arts, photojournalist David Hicks presents his world of photographs where art journalism meets social comment. Having travelled to over 100 countries David has recorded and interpreted ordinary life on our planet to share with his viewers. He has no wish to photograph war, strife or suffering but rather the banal in life, that most of us have passed by, from the unappreciated ‘Drains’, the beauty of his ‘Gentle Giants’ to the mystery of his ‘Unexpected Portraits’.
‘I like wandering around towns and streets marvelling about how we, human beings, live. I like looking at things that others would consider dreary. I like collecting these moments. I like the joy of it. I like curating them into stories about how we do things. I like comparisons between cultures. I like bringing all the ingredients together. I like the idea of a one world. I am a photography chef (actually I was a chef once!) I serve in courses and bring things onto one table.’
In a world of photographers Hicks stands out with not only his unique take on the everyday moments but also with his mixed exhibitions where he prints photographs on the appropriate substrate for the project, captured by Hicks as his ‘Photomentary’ Exhibitions. These pieces take us through pieces as diverse as ‘An English Country Garden Exhibition’ where garden moments are captured and reproduced onto distressed greenhouse glass to ‘World Taxi Drivers Exhibition’, taxi drivers faces in their rear view mirrors and then reproduced onto vintage rear view mirrors. His most recent exhibition explores the world’s treatment of wood with his ‘Palettes Exhibition’ reproducing images of tress on wooden artist palettes.
Christopher Johnson, North Street Gallery – ‘His work shows a lightness of touch which coupled with his consummate ability to capture a feeling in an instant, explains why his work is so well appreciated by so many people. This ability is what makes a real artist, to be able to allow another person access to the emotion within the work.’