reviews, recommendations, comments

Here is a link to an interview David gave recently regarding his portrait session with the 14th Dalai Lama

Comments from the exhibition "A Dalai Lama Portrait" at Customs House 2011
- 300,000 visitors from 51 countries visited. Here are some of the many comments:

"Thank you for the stillness" - Russell Sharp, Balmain, Sydney
"Radiates kindness and compassion" - Ronie Khoo, Sydney"
"Amazing" - Se Hong, Indonesia
"Hypnotic", Jill Haughton, Cammeray, Sydney
"Hermoso, may bien", Luca de Santis, Argentina
"Fantastic!" - Erica Millado, New York City, USA
"Powerful" - Sophoe Stevenson, New Zealand
"Feels 'peaceful'..." - Leire, Gasteiz, Euskal Herria, Spain
"sei wie ein vogel sing auch in regen (Is like a bird singing in the rain" - Klein Reiner, Germany

Seductive visions from a fading era
19 Feb 2008 Robert McFarlane, critic, Sydney Morning Herald

There is much to like in David Roberts' photographs at Point Light. He exerts the kind of artistic pressure on his subjects once favoured by American teacher Minor White - suggesting what lies in front of the camera is fuel for a deeper, zen-like experience.

Roberts points his large format view cameras (his largest instrument produces a black-and-white negative the size of a tabloid newspaper page) towards scenes of unquestionable photographic virtue - limpid light falling on a slow-moving river, the spiky succulent agave plants or perhaps the elegant torso of a woman.

His results are uniformly well observed and composed and, using antique Kodak Azo paper (now discontinued), beautiful in their printing. But after passing along his sequence of prints at Point Light, I found myself craving a hungrier, less predictable visual style. Roberts behaves impeccably artistically, but with a vision more from mid-last century than this millennium.

Just as the American masters Ansel Adams, Edward Weston (and White) discovered lyricism in nature while pioneering new ways of seeing more than half a century ago, new times may require tougher poetry.

Nevertheless, visual seductions survive in Roberts' images such as "A Universe in a River", in which the photographer draws an analogy between the ripples in a stream and the arc of stars. Roberts also captures a line of trees in mist in Kangaroo Ground Fog with perhaps the most delicate tonality I have observed in this subject. When I mischievously suggested to the photographer he might have time to read White's influential book Mirrors, Messages, Manifestations during his long exposure times, Roberts agrees saying exposures lasting several hours leave ample time for reading...