From Darkness to Light

Hi there,

you can call me David or Aleman Pirata, like my Mexican friends. Welcome to my world! Enjoy a refreshing cocktail, which is philosophy, psychology mixed with photography and a pinch of humor and creativity. Cheers!


Now that you are relaxed, we can talk about some deep stuff.
Surely, in your life you had difficult and dark episodes, full of pain, worry, feeling power & hopeless, having difficulties sleeping and big doubt about life and yourself. Right?

We all look on surface, like we never had episodes like that, but we all have!
Some more, some less.

Do you remember what or who helped you back then? Maybe it doesn’t feel good to remember those times, I understand. But after all you triumphed over it and it was a great learning experience, which shaped who you are today.

Or maybe you are right now struggling? It is temporarily & you are writing your story. Soon it will be a new chapter!

A long time ago I closed the dark chapter of my life. A chapter full of drama, pain, destruction & no future. It felt like being a train station, observing everybody going somewhere, while I did not know where to go. Empty pockets, empty soul and feeling like an astronaut in space, alone. Alone in darkness.

I tried, other people tried. It was a lot of trying to get back on track with a destination. No success.

The deepest point of my life, was a turning point! Light was at the end of the tunnel. And it was not a train!

After closing that chapter, I withdraw myself. Until my dad gave me a small compact camera.
That moment changed history, my history.
I became curious about life. I went out to see the beauty around me. Through photography I learned to be more attentive, to leave the past behind and focus on the moment.

Also, the camera brought me where the action is. It made me feel so alive!
The camera made me an investigator about life.

Come with me on the journey to investigate life and exchange thoughts!

We can talk in English, German or Spanish!          





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  • Svenja Hofert

    best selling author and business coach

    For me David's Mihalka's work significantly stand out among others and carries its own signature, offering instant recognition. My customers always approach me about his photos. Also a German TV station who filmed a documentary in my office mentioned the photos and asked where they could purchase them.

  • Marcel Hauri

    Software Engineer

    David is one ot these rare breed of artist who produce imaginative and eyce-catching photographs that show ordinary subjects from an intersting point of view.

  • Lucy Jodlowska

    Manager Non-Profit Organisation

    What captures his audiences, is the combination of David's effortless ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and capture striking, soulful subjects that to most people are undetectable.

  • Stephan Bösch

    Owner of a Beauty Spa

    Very passionate photographer!! A different perspective of what a picture should look like.

  • Mariana Cuervo

    Business Student

    Very passionate about his work, good experience and photos that really is art and they have a very different perspective, are original and creative.

  • Eduardo Gonzales


    A super fun photo shoot. David sees with his camera the details necessary to surprise you with the final photos. Amazing!

  • Manuel Castelotte

    Graphic Designer

    David approached me in Bern in February 2009 - less than a ten minute walk away from the fountains. Afterwards we met to take pictures together and still do until today.

    He had had a difficult time in life at the time and found himself with photography. But it was more than a finding – it was a big burst of bubbles! David does not want to convince; he convinces by what and how he does it. He bubbles like the water feature and gives you a smile ... If you pause briefly and get involved in what's going on in front of you.