David knew early on that he wanted to be a scientist. He was always drawing rocket ships, space scenes and watched many re-runs of “The Jetsons” on television. Because of his proximity to NASA/Johnson Space Center, he was able to visit the facility often and explore the Space Center, and knew he would someday work at NASA.
His dream came true, and he has now worked for NASA for 28 years in various capacities. Currently, he works as an archivist and a reserve staff photographer. His daily work includes digitizing historic NASA negatives for future generations. More than 6 million negatives from the early days of Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Mir and the Space Shuttle are being scanned daily. From 8mm film to 8x10 negatives, the imagery ranges from models of space craft and early space suit designs to the construction of the space center and illustrations of flight trajectories.
David has a photography business on the side, and his clientele is far reaching and extremely diverse. It was one of his clients that got him to hone his skills as a street-style photographer. Street-style photography requires the taking of pictures of strangers very quickly and unobtrusively, much like nature photographers have to do with wildlife. It’s all in the timing. Because he frequently travels for destination photography assignments, he has been able to work on his skills in many places, from Hawaii to California to New York to the Pacific Northwest. There is a saying that says: “Find a job that you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life.” David has found that job.
His program for the March meeting will be drawing the parallels between street-style photography and nature photography, and his insights on how to achieve the decisive moment of capturing a picture with clarity.