Hi, my name is David. I’m a BW fine-art photographer (in addition to other things). My work tends to focus on the small details and compact scenes from everyday locations. Nothing epic, nothing out of reach. I think amazing photography comes from the photographer and not the location.

My site name, TheTakingLens, is a reference to the first camera I used for serious photography, a Yashica Mat-124. The Yashica is a TLR (twin lens reflex) camera, where the lower film exposing lens is known as the taking lens (the upper one being the viewing lens). I loved this camera for its analog aesthetic and manual mode of operation, as well as the quirky square images it produced. Although I no longer shoot with a TLR, the square format has stuck with me and continues to dominate my work.

Gear List

  • Fujifilm XT-3
  • Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR
  • Leofoto LS-284C Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • GOBE filters
  • ON1 Photo RAW