30 June 2016
Dave Hall is a self-taught landscape and seascape photographer, who’s called Byron Bay home for the last 10 years. With such a vast selection of iconic beaches and countryside to snap right on his doorstep, it was relocating to Byron in 2005 that reignited his passion for photography, a love affair that was born 15 years earlier when he was studying art at college in the UK.
Swapping the trusty Minolta camera he was never without as a teenager for the Sony one he favours now, these days, whenever the weather’s right (and sometimes even when it’s not) you’ll find Dave scouting the coastline for the ‘perfect’ seaside vantage point, or exploring further inland for little-known nooks and crannies that provide the chance for a new take on some of the area’s most loved scenery.
Like most landscape photographers, dramatic clouds, clear, starry nights and the sun putting on a show at either end of the day are among his favourite things to capture, but his graphic-designer’s eye means he’s always on the hunt for the most arty, well-composed angle. If he can sneak some people or a dog or two (his other favourite things!) into the frame, all the better – Dave’s a firm believer that the energy people and animals inject into a shot can transform a photograph from ‘nice to look at once’ into one that offers something slightly new, every time you see it.