David Kelly has practiced as a professional feature and magazine photographer for nearly three decades. David currently works as a freelance photographer. Documentation of the performing arts and individual stories are the focus of his current practice. David has been recognised by a series of Clarion awards as well as Walkley nominations in 2006 and 2012. Alongside editorial, documentary and feature photography, David has worked with the Queensland Ballet, documenting rehearsals and behind-the-scenes moments for the last 21 years. In collaboration with others, David has also produced a documentary film, Love Stories (2015), and three books, Detours: Stories from the Street (2011), From the Wings (2011), and The Saltwater Story (2018). In 2018 David had his first major exhibition of 44 works at the Powerhouse, entitled Reserata, coinciding with Queensland Ballet’s Bespoke season.
For many years, David has been the keeper of his late father’s and mother’s belongings, photos, and documents – physical remnants of treasured memories. While forced to spend more time at home due to COVID-19, David has located, pieced together and creatively photographed some of these special objects. The result of this ‘treasure hunt’, alongside the documentation of his process on social media, is a collection of images and a self-published book – a small tribute to two people who lived through the Great Depression, survived the Second World War, raised four children in the Brisbane suburbs and lived quite unremarkable lives throughout a remarkable period of the world.
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Images: David Kelly, Laura (Wings) – Reserata 2018, photograph, courtesy the artist. | David Kelly, Sujit and Elizabeth 2005, photograph, courtesy the artist.