David Zdanowicz

Self taught photographer Dave Zdanowicz captures Yorkshire in its best light

by Northern Life

Dave Zdanowicz is making a name for himself in the world of photography, even though he only took it up two years ago. Dave, 30, from Low Moor, Bradford, explains: “A good friend of mine was selling a camera and he was offering it at a good price. It was just too good to turn down, so I bought it and it all started from there.”

Dave is self-taught as a photographer and has just picked up tips and techniques as he went along.

Dave says: “I just went out and practised in different locations. I really only have two rules – shoot an hour before sunrise and an hour before sunset. That’s when the light’s best. You get the most colour in the sky and the most dramatic lighting.”

Dave Zdanowicz

Redbrook Reservoir (Huddersfield) Another shot using a long exposure. I love the jetty at Redbrook. It’s a location I always think could belong somewhere like Iceland. The sky was amazing this particular morning.

Dave’s dad Paul, who also lives in Bradford, has been a keen photographer for many years, making the change from old-style film cameras to digital, but Dave didn’t share his enthusiasm until he acquired his bargain digital camera. Now the pair go out together on regular photo expeditions.

Dave prefers landscapes, often with dramatic lighting and weird cloud formations, and more often than not he finds all the inspiration he needs around his native Yorkshire, although he has made the odd foray in Lancashire and up to Tyneside.

I really only have two rules – shoot an hour before sunrise and an hour before sunset

He says: “There are the usual places like Bolton Abbey and Fountains Abbey, but I always look for any landscape that’s interesting.”

He has had just one public exhibition – at a coffee shop in Huddersfield – and his work has gained most exposure on the internet, on television and in magazines.

One of his winter landscapes won him the ‘Reader’s Choice’ title on BBC’s Countryfile magazine. Dave now hopes to branch out into portrait photography and commissioned work.

“Eventually I’d love to turn professional,” he says. Here we publish a selection of Dave’s work, with his own explanations of what appealed to him, and you can see more of his work on Facebook and on flickr.

Read about Dave latest book Yorkshire in Photographs.