David Williams

From the series 'Stillness and Occurrence' (2000)

About this artwork

The sea front at Portobello, a sight familiar to every resident of Edinburgh, takes on the appearance of a mirage here. The blurring of form and delicate merging of colour turn the image into look like an abstract painting. Its unreal qualities put the viewer in a contemplative mood. The formal values of the Romantic artists have been put to good use by the photographer to stress the insignificance of man in the vastness of nature.

  • title: From the series 'Stillness and Occurrence'
  • accession number: PGP 117.47
  • artist: David WilliamsScottish (born 1952)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: The sea
  • date created: 2000
  • measurements: 54.00 x 77.30 cm
  • credit line: Presented by the photographer 2001
  • copyright: © DAVID WILLIAMS

David Williams

David Williams

David Williams was born in Edinburgh in 1952. He studied at Stirling University from 1969 to 1973 and worked as a photographic assistant from 1979 to 1981. He was appointed to lecture in photography at Edinburgh College of Art in 1990 and is currently Head of Fine Art Photography. He was a musician and composer before becoming a photographer. He has participated in a number of exhibitions worldwide and has had several solo shows including one at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. His recent work explores abstraction.