By travelling extensively through North America and Europe Dave Green has made a body of photographic work, which is far from the norm. His vision from the sequential to the constructed image is like nobody else’s. His work here in North Devon has been inspired by the rare dynamic landscape locked between the high and low tides. This landscape is seen through the eyes of a boy, and transformed by the hand of an Artist.
Dave’s work has continually developed over the last 20 years alongside a career teaching photography. His reputation has grown by exhibiting work throughout the UK and in the USA. His work sells well in exhibitions and can be found in collections on both sides of the Atlantic. In September 2007 he finished teaching to concentrate on life as a full-time artist; however he still leads photographic workshops as part of his practice.
Sea Caves, Shipwrecks and the Rocky Shore is Dave Green’s visual love poem written to the sublimely beautiful, hidden coast of North Devon. Also known as the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’, ‘sailors grave’ ‘cruel coast’ or ‘iron coast’; it was named for the tragic loss of life and ships, from medieval times to the present, due to its massive tide, dangerous currents, changeable winds, sandbars, high vertical cliffs and rocky reefs.
Green has been exploring, studying, and immersing himself in this coast and its history for the past seven years. To him our coast isn’t a stroll along a sandy beach on a summer’s day it is rather a hidden coast, found only through a vertiginous climb down a steep cliff path or by leaving the beach and trekking over seaweed-strewn boulders at low tide. This is a wild coast, unpopulated by holidaymakers; the domain of seagulls that can make you feel quite unwelcome. It is also an historic coast when millions of years can be seen in the layers of strata of an eroded cliff face and the more recent past can be found in smooth rusting ship parts, in memorial of hundreds of wrecks, littering the rocky shore.
Green’s images are often made up of more than 100 separate photographs, of different exposure, angle of view and framing, all from a fixed point to give the detail from the deepest blacks to the brightest highlights in this extremely high contrast scene. Photoshop is the computer programme of choice for aiding him in the stitching of images together. This process can take many days to complete because the file size and processing power needed pushes the limits of today’s computer capabilities; but it is not unknown for him to rework an image a year or more later as software, processing power and RAM are updated.
Making an image from many photographs has the advantage of size; and Green has started to reap the rewards of this in the last few months as he has had commissions for images to be used wall-sized to decorate businesses in Oxford and Bognor Regis.