My interest in photography started when I was very young. Growing up in a small town in Alabama didn’t offer opportunities to visit art galleries. My earliest exposure to photography was through jigsaw puzzles. For as far back as I can remember, I would compose photographs in my mind and imagine them being jigsaw puzzles. My teen years allowed me to be around several photographers. During that period I became familiar with 35mm photography and the magic of film processing in the darkroom. My first camera wasn’t purchased until the late 1970’s when I was in my late 20’s and purchased a Minolta 35mm SLR. My career and raising a family put my photography on hold for almost 25 years. In 2007 when my youngest son left for college there was time to resume my creative outlet by purchasing my first DSLR, a Nikon D80. Later I switched to the Nikon D700 in early 2009. My current camera body is the Nikon D800.
I categorize my work as fine art photography. My images span a number of genres including landscape, macro, abstract, urban, architectural, concert, travel, and black and white photography. The main site for my photography is Gerry Daniel Photography.
Community involvement is an important aspect of my life. My work was exhibited in both the 2011 and 2012 “Off the Wall” annual fundraiser for Gateway Family and Child Services in Birmingham, AL. In addition, my work was also exhibited at “Through the Lens”, an annual fundraiser for Alabama CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) in 2011 and 2012. One of my photographs was selected as one of fifty photographs worldwide and published in a book titled “Today’s World” in 2010. A segment on my work in conservation and environmental photography was featured on “Wake Up Alabama” in April 2010 by WIAT CBS 24 in Birmingham, AL.
I am an active photography blogger (blog.gerrydanielphotography.com). Posts on the blog cover topics and experiences related to photography and printing. Many of my regular posts feature my current work in photography. Social networking is an important aspect of my online activities. Those profiles include Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn..
The heart of my photography is built around a life-long love for nature and my interest in environmental issues. Many of the locations I photograph in Alabama are nature preserves. Many of these locations are part of Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust. One of my favorites from this collection of protected areas is Turkey Creek Nature Preserve managed by Birmingham Southern College and located in Jefferson County in Alabama.
My professional education in photography includes participation in a workshop at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. The week-long workshop I attended in Santa Fe was related to landscape photography and taught by Eddie Soloway.
I have memberships in a number of organizations that include the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Sierra Club, and the National Audubon Society.