You could say David was born into photography. By 12 years of age
he was in the darkroom with his father making contact prints by
exposing paper to a light globe. A High School affair with photography
led to a brief stint at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
tackling a Degree in Illustrative Photography. Later on, while studying
an Architectural Degree, the call of the outback led to the departure
from the big smoke. David explored the landscape and drew experience
from his many varied jobs on stations and the railways.
A return to studies led to a Degree in Teaching and off to Arnhem
Land in the Northern Territory. The camera was always at the ready
and a library of images was formed while teaching and later managing
an Aboriginal Art & Craft Corporation. On arriving in Darwin
teaching only lasted a few weeks. While working in the construction
industry David was slowly building up a clientele which were looking
for good commercial photographic work.
In 1983 Silva Photographics was incorporated and after a couple
of years of rental, purchased a building in the CBD from which to
operate the business. David now draws on his experience in the outback,
construction work and insights into architecture to identify closely
with his commercial and industrial clients and their photographic
needs. His work is varied including government, aerial, editorial,
corporate and tourism operations. David is a member of the Australian
Institute of Professional Photography and has been awarded an Associateship
for the high standard of entries in National Competitions. David
also won the Editorial Photographer of the year for South Australia
and the Northern Territory.
David is one of those rare, lucky people who is able to earn a
living by pursuing his life's passion for photography.