David Drake is an enigma but his photographs speak volumes for him. All I know about Drake is that he’s an American artist living in Norwich, England. After looking through his portfolio it’s clear that he’s an accomplished photographer who has worked for a diverse number of clients – from magazines to bands, clothing brands to record companies – however it’s his personal work that I’m drawn to, his singular aesthetic giving us a different perspective of a young life well lived.
Using a variety of techniques Drake is not afraid to deploy the most suitable film or printing process to suit his needs, his pictures ranging from black and white to colour, landscapes to portraits and still lifes, each a means to an end, each looking to capture the spirit of his vocation, the narrative behind the veil of beauty which he gently lowers over each single photograph.
Perhaps it’s his sense of dislocation that gives Drake the edge, his American roots informing his perception of the British landscape. For his pictures may be drawn from the East Coast of England but they are very much born in a contemporary American fashion aesthetic. They are bold, striking and cinematic. Full of richness, glamour and possibility. As if the temperate climes of the British Isles have yet to effect him.