The best photographers are in tune with the internal rhythm of their subject matter, and no one achieves this quite like David Denny. His images have an intrinsic sensitivity that stems from a ubiquitous presence of care and thought, and the passion with which he speaks about his work is just further indication of this virtue. It’s the photographic equivalent of comfort food… with a pinch of spice to keep it surprising.

David Denny is a storyteller. His work is seemingly uncomplicated on the surface, whether it be a washed out shoreline or a bare portrait, but his images are far from simple. They are the kind of photographs you can continue to enjoy for a very long time, even more so when you know the tales that lie beneath the beautiful facades. They are timeless, yet wonderfully timely.

His photographs have a painterly feel, and he references art history to great effect. But while his images are motivated by many factors, unlike others who draw their inspiration too deeply from great artists and well-worn observations, David’s work is extraordinarily original. In a time where “everything has been done before,” this is an enviable skill. He is an innovator, and a lovely man at that. Portable sat down with David to chat about his dreamlike imagery, new projects and a startling experience with an owl and a camera in rugged New Zealand…