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Photography

Landscape and Documentary Photography by David Cross.
Focussing on the Forest of Dean the photographs explore the region both artistically and in a social documentary style. The images look at landscape, climate change, Covid 19 and societal change brought on by modernisation and immigration.
The photographs also explore the competition for space and identity in the Forest as the region attempts to become a Biosphere. 

Photographic Prints of the Forest of Dean are available for sale, please see the Print Store below.

All prints from our Print Store are of exceptional collectors quality and are of Limited Number and come
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black and white editorial photo of family with puppies, forest of dean, england,

Forest of Dean

Brass Band march through lydbrook, in the forest of dean,

The Forest of Dean is an area that has always attracted me as a photographer.
There is a special feeling there, a sense of time and place.
After working on in-depth photo projects for several years, I am now surrounded by the landscape and lucky to call it home.

What started as a bus tour to get a feeling for it, turned into a year long project that showed in various Halls and Art Centres under the title,"Ow Bist Owd Butty", this lead to the "Coal Face" project and publication in The Independent as well as a show at Art Space and a limited run of books.

I was lucky to spend a little time with the Brass Band based in Lydbrook, their sound and dedication to perfection was astounding and I'm sure there is a book on the subject waiting to be made. This project lead to "The Local Game" an extensive documentary on life in the 2nd Division football league.

Your images speak for you and lead to introductions and further opportunities to do your best, to record the scene with integrity and sometimes a little sympathy, ultimately you are touched by the people you meet and get to know.
This is the life unexpected that photography can bring you. 

ex soldier sings hymn in Parade, Lydbrook, Forest of Dean,
trumpet player signals 1 minute silence at parade in the forest of dean,
Lydbrook brass band during rehearsal,

Lock Down #1

corona virus and the homeless, documentary photogrpahy, forst of dean,

Making images and covering the depth of feeling during the COVID 19 Lockdown wasn't easy.
Many photographers simply gave up, but I felt it was important to press on, one frame at a time. Art Space Gallery in the Forest of Dean were producing a book and I was happy to supply a photograph from my project for their publication.
Below and above, are a small sample of the images made during the early stages of the pandemic. 

corona virus, lockdown, isolation, oap, home visit, saying hello, forst of dean, gloucestershire,
covid 19, forest of dean, healthcare professional, documentary photograph, david cross,

This work has become a collection of images that one day might see publication in book form. Meanwhile please see the slide show.


Division 2 Football

photograph of crowd at football match near Coleford, england,

While travelling on foot to an event near Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean, I discovered 2nd Division Football.
This has held my attention for a while now and has become my lead documentary project. This type of amateur league game is in decline in some areas, even here in the Forest, which has a rich history in the game, with some Teams having folded or merged to keep going. The pitches are wonky, the Ref's decision is always subject to complaint and the beer flows freely on the sidelines. 
This is Community at work, an element of socialism all funded by volunteers and small companies who pay for the kit.
Spectating is free and is welcomed. I thank Bream AFC for letting me in to make photographs.

a photo of a football match near cinderford,
black and white photo of goal keeper in the forest of dean,
photo of lines man at St breviels near coleford in the forest of dean,

This project is ongoing but a book is available of the first years work. You can also view the slide show.


Print Store

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A truly unique set of images from the streets of the UK. Leaning considerably towards Robert Frank but with a different vision and expectation. The photography is concerned with the moment between going and arriving, where ever that may be. 39 black and white photographs that will exist forever as a statement of where we are at as a nation. This is a vital work.
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10" x 6.6" Black and White C - Type Print including high quality Mount & Frame.


Brass Band.

£150.00

Brass Band.

£150.00

10" x 6.6" Black and White C - Type Print including high quality Mount & Frame.


10" x 6.6" Black and White C - Type Print including high quality Mount & Frame.


Bus Stop.

£150.00

Bus Stop.

£150.00

10" x 6.6" Black and White C - Type Print including high quality Mount & Frame.


10" x 6.6" Black and White C - Type Print including high quality Mount & Frame.


10" x 6.6" Black and White C - type Print including high quality Mount & Frame.


10" x 6.6" Black and White C - Type Print including high quality Mount & Frame.


Transit

£150.00

Transit

£150.00

10" x 6.6" Black and White C - Type Print including high quality Mount & Frame.



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