Photo-Essays

Projects

a documentary of lois

"A Documentary of Lois" is Dan's longest standing photo-essay. To photograph his wife and capture her in every light, emotion and thought that she has is something that has always given Dan much joy, keeping him constantly inspired. In terms of the small percentage of the photographs that are shared to the outside world, Dan's hope is to reflect the true character and honest heart of a beautiful human being.

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fleeting

"Fleeting" is an ongoing project that consolidates Dan's street photography work, whilst following his love of storytelling through this genre. Whether from the streets of London, Paris or New York, Dan's vision and objective remains unchanged, as he eagerly captures the unknown lives, unrepeated movements and authentic scenes that the streets provide. Seeking out those undefined incidents and random encounters, taking away snippets of stories, emotions and fleeting moments that give an honest, unfiltered feel of "the streets" - unique to each location, culture & time period.

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if we could fly

"If We Could Fly" was inspired by Dan's childhood dream of being able to fly. This project attempts to show the world from that unique perspective, capturing the incredible beauty of this planet, from above, one location at a time. Living a part of that freely felt dream through photographs.. Photographs of a dream.

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52 weeks

"52 Weeks" was a project to loosely document the 30th year of Dan's life, by taking one photo [on film] each week for a year. Just one single photo of whatever struck the moment - whether it was something significant, consistent, or completely random. Whether it was a joyous, sad or spontaneous moment captured. In aim to give an honest reflection of real life moments in pictures, unfiltered and true. A personal project. Something to archive and look back on in years to come.

[Project now concluded]

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distance

"Distance" is a photo-essay which documents life during the Covid-19 pandemic. A collection of images made from March 2020, to express and illustrate the thoughts and emotions experienced, the struggles that were faced, the changes made and the new way of life all were forced to adapt to. Dan's aim for this project was to not only document significant scenes that indicated the unprecedented time in which we were living, but to also capture moments that represent a deeper meaning in how we were all feeling inside at times.

[Project now concluded]

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a time ago

"A Time Ago" is a photo project made simply on the impulse of nostalgia. With the purpose of photographing scenes from the neighbourhood Dan grew up in, where those nostalgic memories were made. To frame and re-live a time that has not been forgotten, whilst standing once again in the places he spent much time as a child and as a teenager. Representing with these images the powerful space they hold in his heart and mind.

[Project now concluded]

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once upon a time in medway

"Once Upon A Time In Medway" is an ongoing project, documenting the area in which Dan Gardner has lived his whole life. The images in this project attempt to reflect the diverse character, close community and comforting familiarity on the streets of Medway. Finding pockets of beauty inside the deprivation that lingers.. Capturing scraps of untold stories within the ordinary lives, forgotten spaces and old landscapes which make Medway what it is. After living in Medway for over 30 years, Dan hopes to paint an honest and heartfelt picture of it, an endearing photographic record.

Read more & preview the project here.