David Ballam was born and schooled in Johannesburg, South Africa. He first attended university in Cape Town but later moved to Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape and in 2004 gained his Fine Art Degree with Honours in photography. David returned to Johannesburg and after a number of years experience in the commercial world of photography he reverted his attention back to his Fine Art roots. Intrigued and inspired by new faces, places, cultures and customs David focuses his attention on taking any opportunity to travel and explore the African landscape. His photography often creates a dichotomy between the romantic African landscape and the harshness and crudeness of the context in which he shoots.