David Draper

Bachelor in Fine Arts (hons) & Master in Fine Arts – University of Canterbury

David Draper - Brook & Wairoa 2015
Brook and Wairoa – 2015, Bexley
Inkjet Print (framed), 
670mm W x 590mm H (framed) – 525 mm W x 420mm H

David Draper - Parking Lot Skate Park 2015
Parking Lot Skate Park – 2015, Bexley
Inkjet Print, 
525mm W x 420 mm H

David Draper - Birch, 2015
Birch – 2015, Bexley
Inkjet Print, 
525mm W x 420mm H


Born and raised in Christchurch, I completed my BFA, BFA (hons) and MFA at UC in from 2009 – 2016. I consider myself a documentary photographer and have been interested in small everyday stories that reveal more about our culture, normally centered around the idea of family. I work in hospitality which has taken up most of my time since I finished studying (and during studying if I’m being honest.) As the son of an educator and a social worker I have always had and interest in communicating the needs of people and hope that with photography we might better understand the world we live in.


Artist Statement

This work is a semi-continuation of a documentary photography project set up by the Bexley Residents association and the university of Canterbury. The aim was to document the effects of the Christchurch earthquakes on the relatively small suburb of Bexley. Since the end of this project titled Dissappearing Suburbs I have continued to visit the area of Bexley and photograph the shifts in the suburb as it goes from a residential area to what is termed as Red-Zone, where no further development is possible. My interest is in representing the current state of the area as well as referencing the history of the suburb and it’s potential future. I think it is important to share the story of this continuously evolving suburb and help bring light to the nature of the landscape after a natural disaster. My hopes are that my photography can help start a conversation about effects of disasters on the community and help prepare and educate people on this particular reality.

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