Although always part of his life, Dave Hutchison was really switched on to photography when he started taking images of his dogs, whippets, when racing them. Capturing the animals in motion was the beginning of a profound journey that has seen Dave venturing into remote locations to record wildlife in its natural habitat.
Born and raised in Ontario with a BA (Hons) from Brock University, St Catharines, Dave has been a resident of BC since 1993 and is now settled with his family in Sidney on Vancouver Island. The coast and vast stretches of wilderness that are so prevalent there have provided a unique setting for his nature and wildlife photography, and increasingly he is drawn to search for rare animals, allowing glimpses of wildlife in its true habitat for those who are not able to see it for themselves. This aspect of photography, the revelation of the truth of the subject matter, is an ongoing source of inspiration for Dave. He strongly believes in the promotion of nature conservation and the idea of bringing nature home, allowing access that doesn’t normally happen.
Dave considers himself fortunate to have ventured into places that many others don’t get to go. The Great Bear Rainforest in the North Central Coast of BC has called him back repeatedly with the lure of the elusive Spirit Bear. Shots from these trips have been published in Westworld Magazine, Canadian Wildlife Magazine, and Canadian Geographic Magazine. He has photographed Killer Whales and Grizzly bears as well as landscapes and seascapes from all over BC and parts of the United States. The quest to capture the diversity of our natural world is energizing and has led to much experimentation with equipment and printing media.
Dave has sold his fine art photography to private collectors and corporate clients from his studio/gallery in Sidney, The Village Gallery in Sidney, The Gallery in Oak Bay Village, and Picture Perfect Framing Gallery in Victoria, as well as exhibitions locally. This year Dave has refined production with new mediums for his prints, with techniques such as printing onto metal and acrylic that have a very vibrant look and feel, and speak to the issue of longevity that a nature conservationist is always aware of. Alongside this, his growing art card collection is being distributed widely throughout BC and Western Canada and will be supplemented with a fine art calendar titled BC Wild West Coast 2013.
Having studied with Moose Peterson and Shane McDermott, Dave is now teaching nature photography classes himself at Camosun College in Victoria as well as his popular Tofino workshops. With local exhibitions already planned Dave also looks to Whistler and Banff as possible venues for future growth.
Accredited member Professional Photographers of Canada (Nature category)
BC Women & Children’s Hospital
Peoples Drug Mart
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
Canadian Wildlife Federation
Northern BC Tourist Guide 2012 (cover page)
Outdoor Photography Canada
Vancouver Island Visitor Guide
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