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A photographer, writer and polar communicator from Wexford, in southeast Ireland, I make images that question humanity’s relationship with planet Earth, and our profligate use of energy and resources.
In September-October 2012, a solo exhibition of my polar photography, The Cold Edge, took place in Dublin, Ireland.
Growing up, I felt strongly connected to the natural world and the marine environment that surrounded in me rural Ireland. The turning of the seasons, at what time was high tide on the River Slany. When many boys my age were wetting themselves over Star Wars, I was out fishing on the river – with my dog, in a boat, or riding my bike around the backroads. These experiences fueled a passionate interest in human interactions with the Earth. I’ve travelled the world, and sailed on Greenpeace expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, where I’ve seen both the aurora borealis and australis. I’ve crossed the equator twice by ocean, been up close with polar bears, humpback whales and tasmanian devils, camped under the Arctic winter moon and sweated on the northern hemisphere’s largest glacier under the 3am Arctic sun. But I don’t live some glittery paradise – I live in dirty chaotic cities like Dublin and Brussels. And I like to think I have a sense of humour.
Back in this so-called ‘civilization’, I photograph the dirty magic of daily street life, urban wildlife, the rubbish on the streets, the insane traffic. This for me, is the behaviour of one of the most powerful animals on the planet. Humans sitting steadfast in their cars, in rush-hour traffic – this is as interest to me, as the migration patterns of birds, or the melting of Arctic sea ice. Everything is connected.
I currently work with the International Polar Foundation in Brussels to promote action on climate change and energy use, and the importance of polar scientific research.
My photographs have been used by National Geographic, GEO (France), Discovery News The Financial Times, The Straits Times (Singapore) Nature, the HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords, The Guardian, Greenpeace International, New Scientist, The Smithsonian, Sierra magazine, BBC Wildlife magazine, the Irish Labour party, British Airways, I Count – Stop Climate Chaos, The UK’s National Theatre, The Clare People (Ireland), Conde Naste Traveller, Forbes, Fortean Times and many others, including book publishers. Several of Dave’s images have appeared on book covers. He also has written for several newspapers and magazines, including The Irish Times and Mare magazine (Germany), and is the author of three books, Haunted Dublin, A Load of Blather, and The Cold Edge, a book of polar photography.
Brussels , Belgium
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