No sugar-coating, David Yarrow captured our undivided attention from the moment we appeared on the screen of zoom, delivering a raw account of the wider picture when it comes to his ground-breaking photographs and the emotional process of capturing a moment. Fascinated by his deep connection to the US and his reasons for turning his gaze largely to the Americas, unveiled a world of similarities between David and Jimmy Carroll, following his recent set up of a Pelorus office in Austin.
Thrilled to catch up with David following his series in the American West, we were excited to dig deeper into his interest in the USA and his reasons for making a move away from his heavily wildlife focused photographs, of which we have previously explored. Peaking our interest from the very start, David explains why he doesn’t label himself a ‘wildlife photographer’, suggesting “there can be a little misplaced pompous authority in people that go to the field with long lenses and photograph wildlife; it’s not necessarily art, it’s more google mapping.”
“The idea of being pigeonholed is dangerous.” So instead, David photographs whatever interests him. From North Korea to some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, to American cultural icons and most recently, the Wild West. “I felt that maybe at a time when we’re increasingly conscious of the declining biodiversity of our planet, that to photograph animals in a more immersive way than maybe they’ve been photographed in the past, might be a clever thing to do. I saw an opportunity, but now I have moved on.”