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David Ingraham is a Los Angeles-based photographer, musician and teacher. Born in Oregon and raised in Michigan, David has had a camera in hand ever since childhood. But it wasn’t until his mid-thirties that he began to take photography more seriously as an art form, studying the work of the greats while striving to forge a strong, recognizable style he could call his own.

Although Street Photography has become his genre of choice, David has been known at times to approach the genre from an unconventional angle, frequently injecting his imagery with a dreamlike, otherworldly feel.

David’s work has been presented in numerous publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Black & White Magazine, American Photo, as well as David Alan Harvey’s Burn Magazine. His work has been exhibited worldwide, from Paris and Istanbul, New York and Toronto, to Los Angeles.

David has made the iPhone his camera of choice for the last six years.


Instagram: @dayzdandconfuzd

How did you get started in Photography?

I was given my first Kodak pocket Instamatic when I was in middle school, and eventually graduated to my first SLR in my late teens. But initially I was shooting just for the fun of it, not really taking it seriously until my mid-to-late thirties. But once I became serious about it, I became obsessed.

Φωτογραφία: David Ingraham @dayzdandconfuzd

What does photography mean to you?

First and foremost, it’s a very personal and creative form of self-expression. But secondly, I think it’s a form of escape. It’s a way of completely losing myself in the creative process, where I can forget about my worries and concerns for a while, and just focus on the process of searching, observing, seeking, and eventually capturing. To put it simply, it gives me something creative to do and keeps me out of trouble.

Φωτογραφία: David Ingraham @dayzdandconfuzd

Tell us a street story that affected your photography

Interestingly enough, I can’t think of one in particular. I’m a very much a fly-on-the-wall type of photographer --I don’t interact with my subject, preferring to blend into the woodwork, going unnoticed--so I come home at the end of a shoot with a lot of photos, but not a lot of stories.

Φωτογραφία: David Ingraham @dayzdandconfuzd

What has affected my photography more is certain quotes, like this one from Alex Webb: “I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the unknown awaits around the corner.” That quote has really helped shape my thinking and approach when I’m out shooting, which inevitably affects my photographs.

You are a photographer and musician. Tell us about your group and your plans

I’ve been playing drums professionally for over twenty years, seventeen of those have been with the Irish Rock band, Young Dubliners. We’re a hard-working touring band that spends about two thirds of the year on the road. We’ve never relied on radio airplay and people don’t really buy records anymore, so we’ve built our reputation through steady touring and word-of-mouth. After all these years of doing it, we’ve become addicted to performing as well as the lifestyle, so I guess we’re going to just keep doing it until the wheels fall off.

As far as my personal photographic plans are concerned, I’m in the process finishing my first book, and eventually want to do an online version of a workshop that I teach here in LA.

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Music is the mother of the arts. Does music affect the way you see things?

Consciously, no. Subconsciously, probably. Both drumming and photography involve time, so there’s a connection there, and I’m also very conscious of composition when I’m shooting.

But I think I’m equally influenced by other artforms, such as cinema and literature. I really believe it’s all just a different manifestation of the same thing.

Φωτογραφία: David Ingraham @dayzdandconfuzd
Φωτογραφία: David Ingraham @dayzdandconfuzd

Φωτογραφία: David Ingraham @dayzdandconfuzd

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