Roark grew up in the Los Angeles area during the fifties and early
sixties. His parents had a darkroom built into their house and had several
cameras including a 4x5 view camera. While still in grade school, David
too became enthralled with photography and did his first photo essay while
still in high school, A Black & White Study of San Fernando Valley.
By the seventies David had become an avid Nikon 35mm fan taking mostly
color slides. With the introduction of Canon's first eos system in the
early eighties, he switched loyalty to Canon and remains a Canon eos user
to this date. He made the leap to digital in 2002 and now uses a Canon eos
1Ds for digital capture, Photoshop CS for digital processing and an Epson
7600 for printing. This gives him complete control over the entire
creative process from creative concept to delivery of artwork to his
For most of his life David worked in marketing for a large corporation,
and photography remained just an avid hobby. In 2001 he retired from
corporate life and hung out his shingle as a fine art photographer. For
most of his life David concentrated on landscape and nature photography,
but in recent years his focus has mostly been on the photography of women.
He specializes in natural lighting and doing outdoor nudes and semi-nudes
and creates color and monochrome prints that attempt to give the viewer
further insight into the beauty and sensuality of the world around us be
that a Sierra lake or a female breast.