|Born in Botetourt County, Dan is married to Charlotte Murray
and lives on a farm near Fincastle, Virginia. He was a medical
doctor for many years, retiring from practice in 2016. Dan’s
love of travel, wildlife, and the beauty of everyday surroundings
has inspired his photo artistry. He loves sharing his photos
with others and trying new techniques for exhibiting his work.
|Dan's work has appeared in magazines and been used by
the National Park Service, and his photographs have won
national, regional, and local awards. Exhibited in private
homes, businesses and board rooms, and appearing on
calendars and used extensively for Botetourt tourism, his
amazing photographs can now be seen covering the entire
back wall inside Gallery by the James.
|A Little About Dan
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|I love to go out and wander the farm after a snow. On this
particular outing I was fascinated by these little Sycamore
balls, all with a tuft of snow on them, so my immediate title
was “sycamore balls with snow hats.” Short lived I am sure,
because one whiff of wind or increase in temperature and
their little hats are gone in a moment. But with photography
there is a phrase to remember: “seize the moment” because
that moment may be gone forever.
|Another photography love is black and white printing. Some folks love black and white
and others go “really?”, but some photos are made to be done in black and white.
Sometimes, I like to leave one tiny area of color in the photo just to catch the viewers eye.
Finally, getting in really close to photograph a child or a puppy or kitten is special. They
have such expression and feeling and it usually is there on their face so that makes a
|I am a landscape photographer primarily
with a second love of photographing
children and animals, particularly young
animals. Having grown up in Botetourt
County and now living on a farm in
Botetourt, I have an ample amount of
landscape to photograph. I also love to
travel and my photography reflects that.
|In His Own Words
|As to the types of exhibition of the photography, I am currently
exhibiting photographs at Gallery by the James that are printed
directly on specially treated aluminum sheets. These mounted
Photographs look spectacular on a wall without matting and
framing and seem to have a backlit appearance due to the
properties of the treated aluminum sheets so they almost glow
from behind. They also can be touched with dirty fingers and
washed with soap and water and are relatively scratch proof.
One has to see these unmounted photos to believe their
|Sunrise over the Peaks of Otter:
|Sycamore Balls with Snow Hats
|Thunder on the Blue Ridge
|A Few Final Thoughts
|Stop by the gallery to see Dan's work, and visit his web site.