If you have stumbled into here you must want to know something about me. What?
Until July 2001, I was a photographic scientist-astronomer with the Anglo-Australian Observatory (now the Australian Astronomical Observatory, AAO). I am also Adjunct Professor of Scientific Photography at RMIT University in Melbourne (RMIT), specifically the Department of Applied Physics.
I left the AAO to run my own business, David Malin Images (DMI). Essentially this is the AAO image collection upgraded, enlarged and outsourced, but I have also included (on a separate web site) the work of two other photographers whose work I admire, Akira Fujii who specialises in wide field constellation pictures, and David Miller, whose night-time landscapes are unique. This site also has some of my own optical photo-micrographs, from a previous life.
I was born in England in March, 1941 but have lived in Sydney since 1975, when I joined the AAO. Before I moved to Australia I had an 18-year career as a chemist, specialising in optical and electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and other techniques for exploring the very small. One of my main interests at that time was imaging, both from the scientific perspective and also as a medium for personal expression. That interest has been greatly enhanced in astronomy, and I enjoy using powerful images to reveal unsuspected or hidden aspects of the natural world.
Along the way I have devised novel ways of extracting more information from photographs. These techniques have led to some interesting astronomical discoveries as well as being useful advances in photographic science. They have been incorporated into a method of making a series of unique three-colour astronomical photographs, many of which reveal the unsuspected beauty and glorious colour of astronomical objects. There's a nice video and DVD about this( The Man who Colours Stars). I was delighted to receive the Lennart Nilsson Award for this aspect of my work in September 2000.
The colour photographs attract thousands of queries a year from around the world and I also have have a busy lecture schedule, mostly in the form of 'popular' public talks. I also have a series of travelling photographic exhibitions and increasingly, exhibitions in art galleries (as opposed to science museums).
I live on the northern ourskirts of Sydney with my wife Phillipa. Our three children, James, and the twins Jenny and Sara have long-since left home and we have at least eight grandchildren. In our free time my wife and I enjoy music, travelling, exploring Australia's beautiful coastline and working on and around our house, which overlooks one of the arms of Pittwater in Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches area.
I often get asked about the photographic techniques I have developed, so here is a brief overview of some aspects of it and a more detailed illustrated technical description which is a tour of some of the ideas involved. I have also put together an illustrated bibliography which points to some of the key photographic publications.