A Personal Note From Derrald
I provide the information below to those who need it, but the real reason I’m a photographer is I love creating images! Other than spending time with my family, there is nothing better than seeing the stunning grandeur of a sunset across a mountain peak, the playfulness of a trio of baby foxes, and the elegance of a pattern of leaves.
Nature is infinitely dynamic and constantly awe inspiring.
Photography allows me to experience a connection to nature that cannot be replicated in any other way. Through this connection I observe and capture the vibrant beauty of the world. Nature is both powerful and subtle, from the towering mountain peaks to a simple pine cone, I explore both the grand landscape and the intimate details.
The goal of my work is to convey the emotions I experience of the scene before me through the colors, shapes, and lighting. My photographs are most successful when the mood of the subject and location resonate throughout the composition. My images are the windows through which I share my experience with nature. Please enjoy the vision of the world I have experienced through my photography.
While growing up, Derrald’s parents took him on several trips across the United States to numerous national parks. It was on these trips that Derrald grew a love for the outdoors which we wished to explore and share with others. Photography was a natural result, an endeavor that Derrald began at a young age and continued to explore in years to come.
While pursuing a Bachelors degree at Creighton University, he enrolled in all of the photography courses. With these courses he learned the fundamentals of chemical darkrooms, light, balance, and exposure. After college he continued to explore the art and develop his own technique and style and choose to focus on nature and scenic photography as his primary subjects, although he is not hesitant to point the lens at anything.
Amongst the images of majestic mountains and the crashing waves of the ocean, one can find photographs of the prairies, lakes, and wetlands of the American Great Plains and Midwest. Some of these images are the artist’s favorites as they show the expansive heartland of the United States and the subtle beauty of the area surrounding his home. Through the right balance of subject, composition, and light, Derrald strives to transport the viewer into the composition.
Derrald has won numerous awards and exhibited in several solo and group shows regionally. His work has also appeared in several regional and national magazines, calendars, websites, and postcards. He continues to live and work in Omaha with his family.