There are many ways to be beautiful – not just the obvious, commercial fashion way. I’m not religious, but I suppose all artists are trying to touch something fundamental about our humanity.
Hello David, when do you started taking pictures ?
I’ve always taken pictures. My father was a keen amateur photographer – we had a darkroom in the garage, and he taught me to use his big old manual film cameras as soon as I was old enough to hold them.
What do you want to capture in your images? What does beauty mean to you ?
There are many ways to be beautiful – not just the obvious, commercial fashion way. I’m not religious, but I suppose all artists are trying to touch something fundamental about our humanity. Sometimes that’s what I’m aiming for in my portraits – but sometimes in my fashion work, I’m just enjoying portraying a healthy, sexy, confident young woman!
The best thing about being a photographer ?
One thing is working with so many beautiful, interesting people. Doing something I love as a profession, has to be another. More deeply, being a photographer, and holding a camera is like a free pass, allowing you to be on the sidelines observing. Without a camera, I couldn’t intensly study an amazing face for an hour or two!
What other artists inspire you ?
Photographically: Julia Margaret Cameron, Lindberg, Leibovitz, Steichen, Avedon and many, many more. Outside photography, I like sculpture and installation.
How would you describe your current life ?
Busy! Not only with my commercial work – but also with a hectic family life, and continuing to work on a personal art photography project. Always juggling, keeping several balls in the air.
What is the most challenging part about the job for you?
To continually be inventive, creative and productive. Striving for a good balance between being artistically satisfied, and making a buck.
Good advice for photographers out there ?
You need all these three things in combination: To be talented, to be lucky, and to work really hard. Oh, and if your a beginner, turn off all the automatic functions on your camera, so you can learn how photography actually works!
Is there anything else you think we need to know ?
Yes – check out my developing art project and portraits on Instagram… @thompsonstudio