Personal projects

Strange times during the Covid-19 lockdown but it has enabled me to work on some personal projects. The main one is creating a digital archive from a family collection of 35mm slides. A recent blog post via the link explains more - but I envisage it will be something that keeps me busy for quite a while. Another thing I have been working on is my photography Instagram account - so if that is your thing, give the images a check and follow my account.

Before all this, 2020 began positively, with a few magazines wanting to feature some landscape photography - check my most recent project Taking the ice out of Iceland .

Of course, I have a number of completed and ongoing personal projects.

Over the last decade I have been documenting various social issues and how they manifest themselves via protests. I covered many UK Uncut actions and documented direct actions, student demonstrations and protests both here in Liverpool and across the UK. Part of a  large collection of protest photography can be seen on my Tumblr blog. Quite a few of these images have been licenced and used in national and international press and I also exhibited a selection as part of the Look Photography Festival .

As a result of this work I have collaborated with a number of criminology academics researching new types of street protests. I have presented my work and experiences as a professional photographer in a module called "Photography and Protest" several times at Liverpool John Moores University. And participated in workshop and seminar activities.

Another on-going area of my work is coverage of world music events and festivals and am represented by several specialist image libraries. Obviously if you have an interesting event, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Again loads of music photography on my Tumblr.

Also I love street art and try to document it on my travels - the best place is here to see my graffiti and stencil photography

Away from all the events that I work at, I try to find some time to venture out into the countryside and look for the perfect trees to photograph, particularly against a minimal landscape.

Finally, please get in touch, if you think we can work together on something interesting. I am always open to new ideas and collaborations !


Liverpool photographer David J Colbran features in a digital festival with his pandemic art work and project.

Presentation at Digifest 2021 Festival, Durban, South Africa

A couple of weeks ago I was honoured to be asked to present and exhibit some of my artworks at the “Unmasked” Digifest and annual research conference 2021, based in Durban, South Africa

Liverpool photographer David reflects on a art project completed in 2020

Postcards from us x

Last year during lockdown I joined an online art class called Postcards from us x, we made some postcards and they were displayed at the Open Eye Gallery

David is one of the Liverpool photographers undertaking documentary photography projects - this looks at energy sites and wildlife implications.

Photo project around energy sites

A few years ago I started a project about energy sites and power stations in the UK, examining the boundaries of these sites and impact either side on the natural environment.

"I have employed David for conferences, presentations, social engagements, marketing materials, open days, portrait shots, official document signings amongst many others. David has always been amenable to our sometimes short notice and has delivered our photos in a quick time frame as agreed and sometimes much quicker depending on our needs. He has always been very helpful, he follows and delivers on the brief and is able to give additional value to jobs with minimal briefs. I am more than happy to recommend David and he will no doubt deliver the same quality he provides us."


Michael Humphreys

Development Officer at Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool photographer - event image example for a University client

I'm always on the look out for new collaborations