Fractional Photography lecturer David Digby has a vast and versatile repertoire. A broad church of professional industry experience informs his teaching at Harrogate School of Art and Design.
In the early 1990s, David studied Photography at Harrogate, before completing his degree with Leeds Metropolitan University.
He worked with an advertising agency for 10 years, fulfilling photography and design briefs for retail clients that ranged from local businesses to blue chip multi-national companies. His varied list of agency clients included Morrisons, Safeway, Fenwicks, Richmond Ice Cream and industrial clients within the construction and insulation markets.
David acquired and developed his digital skills in the advertising industry and passes his expertise in Adobe packages such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign on to his Harrogate students.
“My interests lie in versatile adaptability of digital photography and imagery,” he says. “I am also developing my fine art photographic practice, which is to become the focus of my MA studies in 2014. I am expanding the theoretical and research aspects of photography that I don’t get the chance to do as a practising professional. In addition to my commercial practice, I set myself projects every year. For example, I am currently working on a project using HDR to explore colour from a technical perspective“.
“The best thing about teaching is seeing a student who has previously struggled suddenly ‘get it’,” he says.
He has taught at Harrogate since 2007, when he also launched his own studio in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. Through Newman Wray, www.newmanwray.co.uk David provides commercial photography services for weddings, portraits and advertising; and web and print-based design services for national and local customers.
He attends commercial exhibitions and regularly works with North Yorkshire schools to deliver careers talks to pupils about his role as a photographer.