Information about David needs to be updated. Almost everywhere he is described as a traditional photographer working almost exclusively on sepia-toned gelatin silver prints (the exception being a group of platinum prints). I’m happy this ceased to be the case. Although his traditional still life compositions are etherea-like wanders in the realm of simple things I find his awakening for colour even more delicate and surreal.
“Whether traveling to a foreign land, wandering through a neighborhood market to shop for food, or engaging in convivial conversation with a friend at his home, David Halliday is easily charmed, intrigued, excited, or amused by all that surrounds him. An artful documenter of life, Halliday uses his camera as a tool for recording the multitudinous special moments that capture his attention. Once in the darkroom, he editorializes his finds, subtly embellishing each image until it somehow evokes the sensation that led him to photograph a subject in the first place.
With the exception of a series of platinum print portraits, Halliday produces all of his photographs as sepia toned silver gelatin prints. Both processes are highly trad- itional and, in requiring that the artist avoid the use of any color other than sepia, they stand in sharp contrast to splashier modes such as Cibachrome, Polaroid, or digitally produced Iris prints […]. For Halliday, the warm tones afforded by age-old processes reflect his desire to reclaim the past or cherish the present in the form of
soft, tranquil, frozen moments in time.”
excerpt from the essay by David S. Rubin for the catalog of the exhibition When Time Stands Still. The Photographs of David Halliday