David Williams is an Edinburgh-based (Portobello) photographer whose work has been extensively exhibited / published and is held in various international collections. He is the recipient of a number of awards and in 2018 was nominated for the Kyoto Prize (Arts and Philosophy) – Japan’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. For many years, he has been making work in Kyoto often in relation to his ongoing interest in non-duality. He was appointed Head of Photography at Edinburgh College of Art in 1991 and retired from academia in 2017.
The work on display in the Skylark is selected from the project 88 Places, (originally produced in conjunction with The Ingleby Gallery) which consists of in situ images of Orin (prayer bells) at each of the 88 Omuro Ninaji Temples, Kyoto. The intention, via the strategy of photographic typology is to produce the visual equivalent of mantra, addressing notions of time, space and self.