photographer David Amphlett studied art and design for three years before
embarking on a degree in Photography, Film, and Television. He's employed
as a film director and lighting cameraman working mainly in music and
documentary based programming. His work has taken him all over the world,
most notably to Australia, America, Japan, the Middle East, Russia and all
across Europe. He's collaborated with artists as diverse as Bon Jovi,
Andrea Bocelli, Eric Clapton, Dido and Billy Connolly.
In 1999, seeking a change from working at the head of a large team David
wanted to pursue some personal work with no client and only his only
personal standards to answer to. He started the Hesian and Steel Project
at the end of that year. The aim was to produce sensitive, subtle and
informal images that go beyond photographic technique and demand an
emotional response to the form, rather than to the specific person. The
women exist in their own space and time. Their attitude doesn't presuppose
an audience and their environments are largely plausible places. His
principal inspiration on this project was the natural beauty and subtlety
of Degas' charcoal and pastel drawings of dancers and bathing women. Other
influences for the project were Ingres and the impressionists, David
Hamilton's portrayal of innocence and use of natural light and Bill
Brandt's abstract nudes.
David uses a Mamiya RB67 camera and relies almost exclusively on daylight
and tungsten softlight. He has participated in one shared exhibition at
London's John Bloxham Gallery in 2000.