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David Clark

BA (Hons) Photography, Video and Digital Imaging | Class of 2021

I am David Clark from Sunderland and I have always had an interest in the creative arts.

I started my own commercial photography business covering portraits and commissions including photographing concerts and festivals, such as Bryan Adams and Chris Rea. My work has been featured in promotional material, newspapers, magazines and on the front cover of an album. 

I started my BA (Hons) degree in Photography in 2018 in order to explore my artistic side. I am nearing the culmination of my studies and intend to continue onto an MA this year which will enable me to further develop my creative arts practice. 

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Behind The Masks
We all wear masks everyday. Whether it is smiling for photographs when we may not be especially happy, or choosing our clothes to give off a certain impression. 

Identity is something that we are getting increasingly better at constructing to present ourselves to the world. 

Facial expressions have always been a key element in communication, especially for those who may rely on non-verbal cues. 

During these times of mandated masks hiding a large percentage of our faces, and social and physical distance, communication has become increasingly difficult for many of us. But perhaps this twenty-first century masquerade is reintroducing us to the most fundamental tool of communication. The eyes. 

It has been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and they can tell us a lot about each other that constructed identity might hide. 

Maybe forcing ourselves to rely on these portals to each others emotions could bring about a positive change. Possibly allowing us to get to know each other that little bit better and bring in an age of a more connected world. 

The Three Faces
It is said that many centuries ago, a Jesuit missionary levelled a great insult against the Japanese people. This insult was reclaimed via understanding and shared as a sage proverb to describe the multiple facets of human identity. 

This proverb states:

“You have three faces. 
The first face you show to the world. 
The second face, you show to your close friends and your family. 
The third face, you never show anyone. 
It is the truest reflection of who you are.”

Dust In The Wind
Life is filled with unique moments. Even the most mundane and everyday events can bring us wisdom if we choose to learn from them. 

Experience the world with an open mind and allow yourself to find your lessons. 

Nothing is ever trivial. Even the most seemingly inconsequential moment could be someone’s last, or could be the most poignant or profound event or memory that will become an intrinsic part of who they are. Make them count and treasure every one of them.
You don’t always know when something will be important – often until after the moment has passed. 

Your legacy isn’t physical. 
It can be found in the hearts you have held. The minds you have filled and the lives you have touched. 

“It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you. It’s what you leave behind you when you go.” – Randy Travis.