David Yarrow captured our attention from the moment he appeared onscreen for our Zoom conversation. When it comes to discussing his ground-breaking photographs and the emotional process of capturing a moment he’s beguilingly frank and open. With his deep connection to the US and his reasons for turning his gaze largely on the Americas, the interview with Yarrow exposed a world of similarities between him and Jimmy Carroll, especially following Jimmy’s recent establishment of a Pelorus office in Austin.
Thrilled to catch up with David following his series in the American West, we were excited to dig deeper into his interest in the USA and his reasons for making a move away from his wildlife-focused photographs. Grabbing our interest from the outset, David explained why he doesn’t label himself a ‘wildlife photographer’, suggesting “there can be a little misplaced pompous authority in people that go to the field with long lenses and photograph wildlife; it’s not necessarily art, it’s more google mapping.”
“The idea of being pigeonholed is dangerous.” So instead, David photographs what interests him. From North Korea to some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, to American cultural icons, and most recently, the Wild West. “I felt that maybe at a time when we’re increasingly conscious of the declining biodiversity of our planet, that to photograph animals in a more immersive way than maybe they’ve been photographed in the past might be a clever thing to do. I saw an opportunity, but now I have moved on.”