David J. West
Some of my favorite childhood memories are of exploring the woods and fishing before school early in the morning at the lakes and ponds near my home in northern New Jersey. My love of being surrounded by nature came first, then my passion for capturing in a photograph to share with others.
My father, a professional portrait photographer, introduced me to the joy and art of photography at an early age. After taking some classes on photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, I decided to explore the world with my camera in hand. Nowhere else inspired me more than the Western United States, with its rugged mountains, mysterious deserts, and vast oceans.
Through my photography I hope to encourage others to protect what natural lands we have left, not only for our health and the planet's health, but because of the sheer beauty and artistry that exists in nature.