Specialising in portraiture and fashion, photographer David N. Anderson has worked with some amazing clients. Find out why he loves Edinburgh in our interview
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CREATIVE BACKGROUND?
I'm a photographer based in Scotland with an emphasis on portraiture and fashion. I fell in love with photography initially when I was in school and went on to study Visual Communications and Cultural Studies at University. When I met my wife ten years ago, she encouraged me to pursue that passion as a career. I've been freelance for the past 7 years and, in that time, I've been fortunate to work with some fantastic, multinational clients and some truly excellent publications. A lot of my work is concerned with Scottish Politics, leading me to photograph the most important political figures of the nation. I try and capture the individual, rather than the public persona of the sitter, and, occasionally, I'll succeed. I live in perpetual fear that someone will find out about how much I love my job and stop me from doing it.
CAN YOU GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO YOUR PRACTICE AND WHAT YOU DO?
The majority of my work is in the commercial sector, with design agencies and magazines. Typically this will involve initial meetings with the client to establish the creative direction of the shoot, working with an art director and designer to closely realise what we are looking to achieve. From here I will begin to plan the aesthetics of the shoot, from lighting, composition and location. For my portraiture, I try and establish a rapport with the sitter in order to set them at ease and capture a most honest reflection of the person.
ANY EXCITING PROJECTS OR EVENTS YOU HAVE ON THE HORIZON?
I'm recently back from a shoot in Italy with luxury scarf designer Karen Mabon shooting her A/W campaign. Our last work together was picked up by Vogue, It's Nice That and others so I'm hoping that we maintain the same level of coverage. I find my political portrait work very exciting at the moment in particular. We, in Scotland, are at a very politically charged period of our history and to be able to document all of the major political players in our society is something of a privilege.
WHAT MAKES EDINBURGH A GOOD CITY TO BE BASED?
I'm well aware of the perceived issue of Edinburgh being a two month town but there's a valid and interesting cultural community here throughout the year. I enjoy the fact that Edinburgh is a smaller creative community than say, London, and as a result it is much easier to engage with and feed off other creatives and establish yourself as an individual.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE THINKING OF PURSUING A CAREER IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?
Work hard and don't be a dick.
Find out more about David's work here.