I’m still tak­ing pic­tures for my­self, so if it looks good on my wall, hope­fully it will look good on some­one else’s

You won’t find many wildlife im­ages in the rar­i­fied area of fine art pho­tog­ra­phy, but David Lloyd has found a way to make it pay. He tells Keith Wil­son how he switched from graphic de­sign to pho­tog­ra­phy

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A ca­reer as a graphic de­signer in the ad­ver­tis­ing in­dus­try wasn’t enough to sat­isfy David Lloyd’s creative in­stincts.

Pho­tog­ra­phy was al­ways a big in­ter­est too, some­thing nur­tured when he was a boy grow­ing up in New Zealand by his father, a keen am­a­teur. A sub­scrip­tion to Na­tional Ge­o­graphic in­tro­duced David to the work of Frans Lant­ing, Jim Bran­den­burg and Michael Ni­chols. His trans­for­ma­tion into a fine art wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher was only a mat­ter of time… How has your graphic de­sign ex­pe­ri­ence in­flu­enced the way you pho­to­graph? It’s noth­ing to do with train­ing, it’s just down to my own tastes, and I like to keep things re­ally sim­ple. If I were to de­sign some­thing I would have one type­face on one side, one style, one size, and wouldn’t be afraid of white space. Just keep things sim­ple with straight lines and strong shapes. It was never a de­lib­er­ate thing to go for; it’s just what I favoured. That’s come through sub­con­sciously to my pho­tog­ra­phy. Some years ago some­one was look­ing through my pic­tures on Flickr and that per­son pointed it out to me. He said, ‘I like your pic­tures be­cause of the sim­ple strong lines and shapes’. It hadn’t oc­curred to me.

What trig­gered your in­ter­est in wildlife? There was a magazine that came out years ago, one of those weekly mag­a­zines that built up like an en­cy­clopae­dia. You bought the binders, but very rarely did any­one get the full set, but I did! Ev­ery­one has an in­ter­est and wildlife was one of mine. You cite Bran­den­burg, Ni­chols and Lant­ing as ma­jor in­flu­ences. Those three names keep com­ing up for many pho­tog­ra­phers. Why is that you think? They were all ac­tive around the same time when I was at an im­pres­sion­able age. You see, I saw them al­ways in Na­tional

Ge­o­graphic. They were al­ways fea­tured in those. I had a Na­tional Ge­o­graphic spe­cial with all of Bran­den­burg’s wolves in it and I’ve lost it, which is an­noy­ing.

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