About

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Hi, welcome to my website. I'm a writer, photographer, athlete and traveller and this page will tell you a little about my past.

I left secondary school aged 16 and, finding myself unable to settle into regular employment, set off to join the French Foreign Legion in Marseille (I failed, got scared at the fort gates).

 

Over the following years I've wandered through over 70 countries, gained a passion for wilderness walking, long distance running and the romance of the road and documented my adventures in England, Scotland, France, Italy, Greece, Hungary, India, Sri Lanka, Malawi, South Africa, Canada, China, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Israel and Poland with various forms of photography, film and writing.

Notable journeys include crossing the Sinai Desert on foot alone without map, compass or supplies, walking across Turkey from the Black Sea coast to the Meditteranean and a 5 week solo exploration on foot of the west coastline of Lake Malawi in Central Africa.

 

I stopped talking in the third person when I was 39, have thankfully never written my own Wikipedia entry and only Google myself on the 29th February.

 

I'm the inventor of the CJS Photographic Process (Contra Jour Solarisation), a means of achieving solarisation 'in-camera' using 35mm SLR combined with Harman Direct Positive Paper, and have had 32 Photographic Exhibitions including London, Tunbridge Wells, Rochester, Istanbul and Dimbola Lodge on the Isle of Wight, one of the centres of Traditional Photography in the UK. I've also lectured on the subject of Pinhole Photography at the British School in Cairo, Egypt and the University of Antalya, Turkey.

 

I've competed in road and trail races all over the world whilst maintaining a vegetarian, and now vegan, lifestyle. Noticeable placings include 2nd in the 2011 Stavely 17km Trail, 3rd in the 2015 Endure 24, 4th in the 2015 Spirfire Scramble 24 hour race, 8th in the 2011 Great UK Trail Marathon and 12th in the 2011 Endure24.

 

I'm very interested in sustainable, eco-friendly business practice and the 'Gift Economy' and regularly exchange service for service (for instance, completing work for hotels in return for a room). Bartering or living in the Gift Economy probably isn't a realistic answer to the world's increasing problems but I believe that working hand in hand with a less demanding, more generous form of capitalism could ease a few issues.

 

I've made over 130 short Arts, Sports or Travel based films and 2 Feature Films.

My Youtube Channel can be found here

My Vimeo Channel can be found here

 

Selected Publications - All published by Urban Fox Press unless stated.

The Arts In Medway - Editor - ISBN 0-9547374-0-7

The Arts In Medway Vol II - Editor - ISBN 0-9547374-1-5

The First Ind. Medway Music & Art Festival - Editor - ISBN 0-9547374-3-1

Somewhere Else - Editor - ISBN 0-9547374-7-4

A River Anthology - Editor - ISBN 1-905522-00-2

River - Author - ISBN 1-905522-02-9

The Seeker - Author - No ISBN

The History Of The Sunlight Centre - Editor - ISBN 1-905522-08-8

A Velvet Silence - Author - ISBN 1-905522-11-8

Scatterlings - Author - No ISBN

Transitions - Author - ISBN 1-905522-13-4

Medway Festival Fringe -Editor - ISBN 1-905522-14-2

Art Safari Sketchbook - Editor - ISBN 1-905522-15-0

In Egypt - Author - No ISBN

England! England - Author - ISBN 1-905522-16-9

Dark Chamber - Editor - ISBN 1-905522-17-7

The Smoking Dog Presents - Editor - ISBN 1-905522-20-7

Pinhole Dreams - Author - ISBN 1-905522-22-3

Siam Through A Pinhole -Author - ISBN 1-905522-23-1

Walking to Trafalgar -Author - ISBN 0-9547374-9-0

Dark Chamber Vol II - Editor - ISBN 1-905522-24-X

Field Trip To Krakow & Auschwitz - Contributer - ISBN 1-905522-25-8

Field Trip To High Atlas & Marrakech - Contributer - ISBN 1-905522-26-6

At The Villa Melzi - Author -ISBN 1-905522-29-0

Art Safari Vol II - Editor - Editor - ISBN 1-905522-30-4

The Historical Hillwalkers Annual 2008 - Editor - ISBN 1-905522-31-2

Dockyard/Estuary Dreck - Contributer - ISBN 1-905522-35-5

 

Carnet de Stenope Vol I; Morocco - Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2009) - ISBN 1-905522-32-0

Carnet de Stenope Vol II; Sri Lanka - Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2010) - ISBN 1-905522-33-9

Carnet de Stenope Vol III; Istanbul -Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2011) - ISBN 1-905522-34-7

Carnet de Stenope Vol IV; India - Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2012) - ISBN 1-905522-36-3

Deconstruct Until Complete - Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2012) - ISBN 1-905522-38-X

Athenian Leporello Album - Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2013) - ISBN 1-905522-39-8

Torontonion Leporello Album - Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2013) - ISBN 1-905522-42-8

Budapestian Leporello Album - Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2013) - ISBN 1-905522-43-6

16 Pinhole Views of Suffolk - Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2013) - ISBN 1-905522-44-4

16 Levantine Portraits - Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2013) - ISBN 1-905522-41-X

Otherness; 45 Days on... - Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2013) - ISBN 1-905522-40-8

the Photographers; Visual Poems from the White Hour -Author - (Hakim & Slater; 2013)

 

Selected Book Covers, Publicity and Artwork

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Partial Client List

  • Tourist Offices; Norway - Finland - Burkina Faso - Mali
  • Accommodation; Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces - LSR Lanka Sportsreizen - Serendib Leisure - Hotel Hilltop Palace, Udaipur - Nachana Haveli, Jaisalmer - Ratan Vilas, Jodphur - Hotel Roma, Rome - Hotel Bellagio, Lake Como - The Attalos Hotel, Athens - The Camping and Caravanning Club - Windermere Marina Village, Cumbria - Hotel du Vin, Brighton
  • Travel; Sri Lankan Airlines - Braathens Airline - Red Funnel Ferries - Scotrail
  • Magazines; Walk - Adventure Travel - Black Meringue Bridal Magazine - Real Travel
  • Athletic Events; The Athens Classic Marathon - The Rome Marathon - The Turin Marathon - The Paris Eco Trail 50km - The Budapest Marathon - The Scotiabank Toronto Marathon - The Manchester Marathon - The Nottingham Marathon - The Brighton Half Marathon - The Reading Half Marathon - Lakeland Trails - Rat Race - Trail Plus - Sevenoaks Rotary

 

If you'd like to work with me get in touch - dave@davewise.biz

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Email: dave@davewise.biz