David Johnston


Raised in Middle Tennessee, I have always been interested in photography. During high school I was able to enhance my delight for fine art photography through the use of a Canon 35mm film camera and developing my own photos in a dark room. My interests continued as I traveled to Australia during college. I was able to find a strong passion for being outdoors while finding beauty in nature and capturing the moment in a photograph. My degree in geography helps me understand and appreciate the formations that I enjoy visiting.

After graduating, I returned to Nashville. Since being back in Nashville I took private lessons to make my photographs have strong lighting and compositions fundamentals. I have worked extremely hard to translate my knowledge of geography and photography to the fine art world.

I have been recognized as an award winning photographer in my region and have been featured in several interviews for my work and inspiration. I am known as an up-and-coming photographer with a very unique style and method.

When I am not working on photography I enjoy spending time with my wife, watching sports, reading, studying scripture, and spending time with family and friends.

Artist Statement:

It is my goal to produce exceptional fine art that is both artistically inspirational and compositionally superb. When I go into the field to work after studying the location tirelessly, I have an image in mind of how I want the final product to look. To reproduce the image I have imagined, I use an assortment of lenses, tools, and effects so that the piece of art you see matches the one I first created mentally.

When I am creating a piece of work I turn through mental lessons and experiences to get a Scriptural inspiration for the scene that is unfolding in front of me. I do this because I want the artwork to represent the passion and inspiration that I pour into it. Each piece of art is independently inspired, and once I complete my work I title it by the very verse or collection of verses that came to my mind during the creation process. Each day is unique and I try to reflect God’s creativity in my work.

As far as composition is concerned, I create a sense of invitation to my photographs. Leading lines, rhythm, repetition, contrast, and balance all go into consideration when I am planning on visiting a location and while I am in the field creating my vision. I intentionally go through composition principals so that each piece of artwork will be as aesthetically parallel to the inspiration and hard work that goes into it.

If I believe my work has achieved what I set out to do I will add it to my collection, but only if it is of the highest quality possible. I create images that are not commonly seen so that they can be individually cherished and inspirational forms of artwork.


Photography Essentials Series
The photography essentials series is designed to be your guidance through any photography field. The series takes you from a beginner, through different elements of photography that will improve your photography, and lead to a better portfolio. The series uses beneficial advice from professional photographers passed down through articles and interviews to give you a creative advantage in photography. Start taking better photos today through the information in the Photography Essentials Series!


The Portrait Photography Handbook - Your Guide to Taking Better Portrait Photographs
Series: Photography Essentials Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,910. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - how to, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
The Portrait Photography Handbook is an installment in the Photography Essentials Series. This guide to all things that have to do with portrait photography is designed to cover multiple topics that will help you shoot better portrait photographs.
Photography 101 - The Digital Photography Guide for Beginners
Series: Photography Essentials Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,540. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - how to
Photography 101 covers the topics of camera settings, lighting, composition, shutter, aperture, ISO, and much more! You will learn more effective ways to shoot the images you want to capture while understanding photography guidelines. Start taking better photographs today!
The Landscape Photography Handbook - Your Guide to Taking Better Landscape Photographs
Series: Photography Essentials Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,990. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - how to
The Landscape Photography Handbook is designed to help you shoot better landscape photographs. This is the guide for all things landscapes. Learn to plan shoots, select the right gear and tools, and compose your landscape photographs, and much more. Following these lessons will help you improve your landscape photography portfolio.