david prior




If there is something that David Prior (Dublin, Republic of Ireland) prioritizes in his work is, in his own words, the need or, if you will, the impulse of adding a sense of adventure to his pictures. And if you take a break to wander around his blog, you will find that this is not just an statement empty of content. From east to west, David has been in amazing places. Some of them are what our poor western eyes would consider exotic enclaves, others are the naked expression of which we could consider remote places… That’s why it is ironic that David may say that his dream is to be a travel photographer because, having seen his amazing work, few could deny that this is really what he is, regardless of the time that he may spend on it.

Primarily, David is a great landscape photographer. If you observe attentively their captures in the most varied places, either in Iceland, Sri Lanka or perhaps in Croatia, you will realize that such one is definitely his comfort zone, the sure place where return again and again after practicing with equal talent in other disciplines. When David captures landscape demonstrates a great mastery of the traditional rules that define this genre: fantastic sense of composition and perfect definition of the lines that guide our eyes to the center of interest; maximum depth of field, the presence of the sky as an expressive element and intelligent utilization of the wide focal lenght as a means to strengthen the feeling of space in the scenarios. But nothing impresses me more in his landscapes than the meaningful use of color. Whether it be the snowy solitudes of Spitsbergen, or a sunlit cove in Mallorca, his tones are usually intense, saturated and luminous, to the point where one can feel that that such strong presence of color and the visual sensation that it produces in the viewer is at least, as important as the photographed object itself. And David will confirm to you that such search of colour on the photographed reality is actually intentional, when says that he loves taking colorful photos, which they are for having been made ​​in colorful places… what he likes much more than achieving a colorful result as a consequence of the editing process. Is that a style, understanding here that word as a set of traits that allow us to identify with certainty someone’s work? Yes, definitely. Take a look at the archives of David and you will agree with it.

But David also practices portrait and street photography. Perhaps, as we suggested before, to switch or, even, as a rest regarding of the landscape. His portraits are fresh, direct, sometimes sprinkled with some humor and irony. Others seem taken by the hand of the documentalist; many of them have been made in the street and all have, as in his landscape, that vividly colorful visual style. Moreover, after having enjoyed his street photography, I’ve been unable of taking out of my head the idea that it can be seen as an urban extension of his landscape photography (and I assume that, perhaps, David will not agree with me on this!), since you’ll be able to discover in that urban scapes most of that characteristic features of good landscape photography that previously were mentioned.

David,who started taking photos when he was around eighteen, usually shoots with a Nikon D90 with a standard kit lens, alternating with a Nikkor 50mm lens for portraits and a Sigma 10-20mm lens for landscapes. He also shoots occasionally with film, on 35mm cameras with which searches the colours and the special quality of the analog that hardly can be digitally emulated.

-Juan Manuel

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" blu-ray to have four hours of Special Features

March 20th will see the home media release of David Fincher’s successful adaption of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and much like last year’s release of Academy Award-winning “The Social Network”, Academy Award-nominated “Dragon Tattoo” will also see an extensive release of special features.

As previously reported, the film will be available as a 3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD/Ultra Violet combo pack, and thanks to both Fincher and David Prior, a second disc in the combo pack will be reserved for over 260 minutes of extras.

Included in the special features are various featurettes including the Casting and Look of Salander, Salander Test Footage, Dressing Blomkvist, Picture Wrap, In the Cutting Room, the making of the “Immigrant Song” title sequence, and even a 6-minute featurette on Irene Nesser.

In addition to various behind-the-scenes featurettes, the extras will also include 7 T.V. spots and the Hard Copy segment report on Harriet Vanger, both of which are sure to spark bouts of nostalgia for followers of Mouth-Taped-Shut.

Here is the full list of special features:

Keep reading

In Vogue Living Sept/October 2011, David Prior paid tribute to Chez Panisse on its 40th birthday, tracing the evolution of how what began as an improbable, romantic neighbourhood café became the cradle of a revolution still transforming the way we eat.

Each day, produce of foraged blossoms, ABOVE, whichever vegetable is star on the menu that day  is hand-delivered to the kitchen, having been picked hours earlier on local farms.

From ‘Organic Uprising’, a story on page 63 of Vogue Living Sept/Oct 2011 and published on our blog here.

Photo by Eric Wolfinger.


Behind the scenes footage of Deadly Prey exists

Dreams really do come true


Deadly Prey (1986, starring Ted Prior) is one of the biggest pieces of shit I’ve ever seen and I absolutely fucking love it. The action figure line was only in stores briefly before being pulled from shelves after reports of children being shot and stabbed in their sleep by the figures.