No place for lizards
When it comes to subject matter, David is quite particular...
David travels all over the world, so the choice of available subjects is potentially endless But the reality is that most of his time is spent focusing on just a handful of species – those animals that are universally recognisable and so have substantial commercial value.
Why do you tend to photograph the same species?
I prefer to work with big, iconic animals. I have little interest in photographing squirrels in London or sheep in Scotland. I have a commercial mindset, and there is little point spending time and money trying to get new content on animals that we have little emotional connection to or fondness for. Take the Komodo dragon, for instance – if I spent three weeks in Indonesia and got an epic shot of one, who would really want to have a massive lizard picture on their wall anyway? Statistically, my best-selling animal shots are exactly what you’d expect: lions, tigers, elephants, brown bears, polar bears and giraffes.