David Cooper

14/03/2011 § Leave a comment

David Cooper has contributed the most photos to our Flickr Group to date and his work was featured as one of our Photos Of The Week. What drew us to David was his cross between spontaneous photos of his life and the incredible locations that he’s travelled to. From snaps of friends around town, to skateboarding injuries, to photos of places which seem completely surreal, David’s work continues to impress us. We will be working with David on an artist project in the future… but more about that later. For now, we present to you, the unparalleled work of David Cooper.

David is a 22 year old History Major at Glasgow University in Scotland. He’s been taking photos for a few years now and has found a strong level of success with magazines and contemporary art/culture blogs. His work has been featured in a variety of publications and web media, such as: Mint Magazine, Positive Magazine, and on Vice UK. We got in touch with David and here’s what he had to say about his work:

What kind of things do you like to shoot?

I just like to shoot whatever I see around me. That might sound like a total cliche but whatever. My friends, what we see out and about, nature and beautiful places. Trying not to go mad out in the sticks. All the usual shit.

What artists influence your work?

Definitely Ed Templeton. He just shot whoever he was around, not even considering himself a ‘proper’ photographer until people realised he had captured a massive part of skateboarding history.

What message or idea do you feel that your work usually portrays?

I suppose the freedom of youth comes across in my photos, but I wouldn’t want to be so pretentious as to suggest anything else does. I’ll leave that up to other people to decide.

What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken?

My favourite photo I’ve taken is probably Rory with the bloody elbow at the red banks in Glasgow. Just cause we were so excited to skate a wild new spot, everyone was getting tricks, slams and bruises.

Do you lean more towards spontaneous shooting or planned set ups?

I definitely lean towards spontaneous shoots, but I did some work recently with a musician that was sort of planned in the sense that I had locations in mind that I wanted to shoot. That was fun aswell.

What have you been working on most recently?

Recently, I’ve been working with online mags and record labels who want photos of musicians in the Glasgow area.

Do you have any plans for the future?

Plans after this are to spend a year abroad in places with nicer light and weather, both for photography and skateboarding. Probably Australia.

David will be featured in our upcoming zine project called One For Each Hand II. More information about the zine will be posted in an article detailing the project in the coming weeks. For more work by David you can check out his flickr here. For a look at his more personal work, his day to day photos, and a sort of “scrap book” feel, you can check out his tumblr here.


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