David Chalmers’ vision explores local land and seascape sometimes using part of his subject in the photograph itself. His photographs focus on nature and the impact of man upon our environment. They are graphic and simple, encapsulating the vulnerability of our world.
He works with traditional photographic techniques to create his photographs. Using one of two trusted cameras, his 4×5 Linhof Teknika MKIII or his 8×10 Deardorff large format field camera, to produce black and white negatives, which are individually dish developed in his private darkroom.
David’s prints are made using silver gelatin process and the much less practised carbon transfer printing process, which he has recently revised as part of his practice. This modified printing method enables him to create images using materials that he manufactures in order to produce the required results depending on subject. The unpredictability of making his own alternative photographic materials creates a unique tonal scale.
Prints vary in size, from 4×10 to 16×20 inches. They are presented in museum box frames using archival materials. David’s original small edition prints are priced from £25 to £2000.
Current methods of working: Private Commission, Carbon printing masterclasses