My name is Dave Wild. I had a few film cameras and digital cameras in the earlier parts of my life but it wasn't until 2003 that I really started taking a lot of photos. I discovered Flickr not long after it launched but initially didn't get it. When I eventually signed up in early 2005 it soon became apparent that the real value of Flickr was the social element. Since then I've met a lot of Flickr users in real life, become good friends with some of them and I've done all sorts of silly things that I wouldn't have done without the involvement of Flickr!

In recent years I've accidentally fallen into a specialization of photographing domestic animals - hopefully with a bit of personality or character. I try to present a kind and calm demeanour to the animals when I photograph them and try to keep them happy. The animals that enjoy the attention and are at ease around me are the ones that tend to look happy in the resulting photos.


Photos credits for the images above (all links go to the original images):

1st row (L-R): tommytoolhire, austenhaines, jonbradbury, Verrico
2nd Row (L-R): jonbradbury, jonbradbury, Tricky, jonbradbury
3rd Row (L-R): Me!, Me!, Me!

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    Aldamo says:

    "Inspirational and aspirational piccies. His obsession with farmyard animals may worry some, whilst making others go "ahh", but just reflects his humour and interest in the Archers."

    September 1st, 2008

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    Paul M. Robinson says:

    "Dave Wild, popularly known as 'publicenergy' has been a favourite of mine since discovering Flickr back in October 2006. After receiving his book today from Blurb I felt compelled to write something about this man and his photographic talent. Flickr serves as an excellent showcase of Dave's work and his prolific output never ceases to amaze, inspire and amuse. He has a unique vision and in my mind he's one of the unsung heroes of Flickr."

    April 16th, 2008

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    healthy soup says:

    "I briefly met publicenergy at the Big UK flickr meet, exchanged MOO cards and didn't think much of it then.. once home and having seen his infamous buddy icon, I kept seeing him absolutely everywhere! In the comments of random photos, all sorts of group forums and heck, even on the web..! Not to mention the front page of EXPLORE a couple of times.

    All in all, If someone asked me to show them a "good" photographer in flickr, publicenergy would probably be in the top 3."

    September 3rd, 2007

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    babka_babka says:

    "Dave has to be for sure one of flickrs best photographers ,
    he has a real skill for making everyday shots interesting with his breathtaking infrared and creative lomo photography."

    August 30th, 2007

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    Jenn R Williams says:

    "Awesome pics. Mighty lomographs. Top flickrite. Love it when his photos pop up in my contacts pics - keep 'em coming kidda! he's got healthy respeck for da dawg - very good sign....."

    May 15th, 2007

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    tricky (rick harrison) says:

    "Dave's photos are always a treat, and always with an interesting creative slant that keeps bringing me back. He's also a master of Infra-Red, and I'm deeply in his debt for inspiring me to give it a go too :-)
    Now, if only he'd smile more ;-)"

    January 29th, 2007

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    Psycho Crow says:

    "From amazing IR imagery through muddy faced self portraits to zany antics with novelty crockery, this guy knows how to produce pleasing images whilst still challenging the established boundaries of photography. Not only a great photographer, but a jolly nice chap to boot, and someone I am happy to have shared a beer or two with."

    January 28th, 2007

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    innocent string says:

    "One of my top favorites on Flickr. His vision of England is a photographic realization of every dream I've had about the place."

    April 23rd, 2006

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    6element says:

    "publicenergy produces amazing images on a consistent level.
    Definitely one of Flickr's most underrated photographers."

    December 28th, 2005

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    Art Ascii says:

    "Whether out for a ball breaking bike ride, or casting his eye around his home Dave seems to find an angle. With the shot in the can we get to enjoy his discovery here on flickr.
    With his IR shots he often reaches for the sky and delivers, time and time again, superb BW's of a standard that inspires me and that I aspire too.

    For someone who professes a dislike of self portraiture he need not be shy as his rugged good looks are rugged good looks!

    Looking forward enthuisiastically to lots more of your shots."

    December 17th, 2005

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    roobottom says:

    "Serious style and awesome InfraRed shots are only the tip of the iceberg. PublicEnergy's photos are so sophisticated it makes my eyes bleed. I strongly suggest check 'em out."

    July 5th, 2005

Dave Wild
January 2005
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
I am:
IT Manager