“My photographs are emotional experiences involving a lot of travelling, walking, sitting, waiting, thinking, re-thinking and finally creating. It’s the entire process that fascinates and motivates me...”
David Magee (b.1963) is an Irish Artist. He was born and raised in
Cork, Ireland and studied Fine Art at Crawford Municipal School
of Art, Cork. In 1982, he attended Glasgow School of Art & Design.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards including more
recently, The Paris Photography Prize (PX3) - The Lucie Awards,
New York, - Tokyo International Foto Awards.
Outside, a twenty-five year retrospective, was published to international
acclaim in 2017. He has exhibited globally, his works are held in both
private and municipal collections.
Having travelled extensively, it is the Irish landscape, particularly the
Atlantic coastline, that has become the focus of his work in recent years.
It is his home, the source of his subject matter and the inspiration for
Magee lives and works between his homes in West Cork and London.
For over 30 years, I have been making photographs outside.
My aim is to provide an antidote to the world we now inhabit,
a world of excess, over-branding and mass production. My intention
is to offer the viewer a point in time to reflect and be drawn into
a world of oneness, contemplation and tranquility.
To engage the viewer with the experience of being immersed in
the landscape and the spirituality of nature.
Earth,Water,Air... are the recurring elements that I work with.
It is my relationship with and my interpretation of these elements
that forms the basis of my photographs, in whatever form they take,
once I am absorbed in the landscape. However, it is the composition
and the combination of light, tone and movement and the passage of
time used through extended exposures that reveals the atmosphere.
The location itself is totally secondary to the feeling.
The feeling is everything.