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David Nelson Photography Photographers

Ithaca, NY USA

I currently live in Ithaca, NY, where in addition to photography, I work at Cornell University. Though I grew up in Massachusetts, I’ve lived all over the country and have been lucky to travel to even more spectacular places. In 2005, I earned my B.S. in photography from Ithaca College, and in 2010, a Master of Arts in teaching from Smith College. I’ve lived and taught in Arkansas, Massachusetts, Maine, and Washington, DC, before moving here.

While I focus on nature in the majority of my photographs, I have a special passion for documentary photography. In the summer of 2008, two years after teaching there, I returned to the small town of Eudora, Arkansas. Eudora lies on the southern edge of the economically struggling Mississippi Delta and is currently coping with the closure of its public schools and a continuing history of economic divestment and emigration. In Eudora, with grants from the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust and the Puffin Foundation, I taught a free digital photography class to adults from the community, with whom I collaborated to produce a photographic story of life in this small, isolated town in the rural South. I encourage you to view the final product at

Lately, with less time to print and frame my work at home, I’ve been collaborating with a company that prints photographs on wood. It’s a new medium for me, and I love seeing how they come out—check out some of the results under the “Photos on Wood” page! If you’re interested in ordering a print on wood, they come in a variety of sizes and are priced accordingly. A selection of my work can also be seen at the Northlight Gallery in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Canterbury Hill Studio in Rockport, Massachusetts. If you’re in the southern Maine area, stop by to see my work there, as well as the other amazing artists.

Contact me regarding portaiture, weddings, pricing, or just with general comments.  Thanks again for visiting!


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