Greg Davis: National Geographic Creative Photographer Exhibits in San Miguel

By Mittie Roger

You never know when something incredible might happen—when you might drop everything and change your life. Greg Davis, award-winning documentary photographer for National Geographic Creative, had that exact experience in 2004 when he stepped away from a successful technology business to follow a deeper passion. Traveling around the world, armed only with a simple point and shoot camera, he discovered he had a beautiful gift for documenting diversity. Now, not only shooting for National Geographic Creative, but also exhibiting his photographs in a variety of museums and winning several prestigious awards, Greg is showing his works at Galería Buena Vida on Aldama 42 until January 24.

One particularly powerful image, “Blanket Weaver,” is considered one of his signature pieces and has continued to resurface throughout his career. This poignant photograph, told from the blue and green hands of a Black Hmong villager from the northern highlands of Vietnam, clearly embraces a story that he intended to share. From Kumbh Mela in India, where millions of devoted pilgrims gather at the confluence of the three holiest rivers, to Papua New Guinea, where traditional cultures are at risk at a faster rate than ever before, Greg feels that our beauty is in our differences. The purpose of his works is to be a reminder of the divine that resides in all of us.

Greg’s most recent project took him to India, where he attended the world’s largest spiritual pilgrimage, the Kumbh Mela. It was from this journey that a 24-piece photographic exhibition and short film were born. The short, “Cloth Paper Dreams,” chronicles the experiences of three of the more than 80 thousand devotees who make the journey: one in the name of faith, one in the name of devotion, and the third in the name of purpose. For more information on the film, visit www.clothpaperdreams.com.

As Greg describes it, he sets an intention and asks for the presence of mind to recognize that which wants to be shared. Light, composition, color, perspective, and mood are all elements to play with in order to ultimately express what he wants to say in an image. The possibilities can come in many beautiful and diverse ways.

Greg has been published internationally in England, the United States, Papua New Guinea, and Mexico and has works in private and institutional collections worldwide. He is passionate about supporting innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa through an Austin-based organization, Well Aware.

After a celebratory opening on Friday, January 8, where viewers got to feel the visceral moment where intention and manifestation meet, that gray area between the artist and subject, the magic that characterizes Greg’s work, he’s decided to offer an opportunity for people to return and delve deeper. Consider yourselves cordially invited to meet the artist himself on Saturday, January 23, at Galería Buena Vida, where he’ll be answering questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the stories he’s captured!

 

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