My name is David Schembri, and I write and take pictures for a living.
I am deputy editor of the Sunday Circle magazine, and edit sundaycircle.com. I also contribute articles to The Sunday Times of Malta. I take pictures during the course of my work for both publications, as well as for anyone who asks.
Throughout my career, I have been lucky enough to meet people from all walks of life, all of whom have taught me something. Some have taught me about their art, others about passion, others about happiness, faith, determination. Others – thankfully a minority – have taught me how many unpleasant qualities can reside within the same human being. Some of the articles from the former group have been reproduced on this website.
The above, probably, all you need to know about me.
I bought this domain ages ago, but I always put off putting anything on it as I tried to decide whether I wanted to call myself a journalist, a writer, a photographer or a musician.
This problem of definition probably took up more of my time than it should have. While if given a job title in the course of my employment I would have no problem calling myself as such and sticking it onto drawer-bound business cards, I find that calling myself an -ist or an -er to be an impossibly onerous (and onanistic) task.
For starters, when comparing myself to people who have been doing what I do for years and at a higher level than I currently do, I feel that I am unworthy of the suffix. Despite having a Master’s degree in philosophy, I would not dare call myself a philosopher.
Secondly, calling yourself an -er or an -ist excludes other names. As I’m still trying to find the best way to express myself, definition feels like a pigeonhole I would rather not trap myself in.
In the end, I thought I’d put the website up to display some of my better work for posterity, and used some -er and -ist words to make it easy for people to find me online. It is indeed my hope that one day, this humble website shall rise to the top of Google searches the world over. Having a convicted murderer sharing your name and surname, I find, makes for stiff competition on the search engine charts.
I’m also a guitarist and songwriter, but this website’s not about that. And now it is.
Much as I think I’m the centre of the universe, I really dislike writing about myself at length, which is doubtless an inconvenience when writing a page such as this.