No place for lizards

When it comes to sub­ject mat­ter, David is quite par­tic­u­lar...

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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.

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