Episode 31: Today, I’m joined by California-based landscape and conservation photographer, David Hunter, to chat about:
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ABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)
David Hunter is a former photojournalist turned landscape and nature photographer that moonlights during the day as an elementary school teacher.
David has photographed special projects for several national parks including biological sky islands in Yosemite, caves in Sequoia National Park, and two BioBlitz surveys in Great Basin National Park. He has also done contract work for the Bureau of Land Management and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife documenting endangered and threatened species.
In 2017 David was selected as the first artist-in-residence for the Sierra Foothill Conservancy documenting their preserves and conservation easements over a year in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
A year later in 2018, David was recruited by the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust for another year-long artist-in-residency documenting protected properties along the San Joaquin River in California’s great central valley. Also in 2018, David was chosen as the artist-in-residence for Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, a part of the national parks in north-central Wyoming.
In 2019 David was selected as the first photographer artist-in-residence for Craters of the Moon National Monument in south-central Idaho. David worked closely with the park to capture intimate portraits of the vast volcanic landscapes.
Most recently, in 2021 David was selected as the Night Sky Artist for Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. He spent a month documenting the interaction between the park’s amazing geology and the night sky.
A significant portion of David’s work is centered on awareness and preservation of the natural and cultural environment. He strongly believes it is his responsibility to use photography and education to promote stewardship of the land and awareness of its cultural and natural history.