On Thursday, April 5, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) will host a free “Meet the Artist” reception for bird photographer David Jeffrey.
Jeffrey, a talented amateur photographer who winters on Captiva Island, became seriously interested in bird photography in 2010, after retiring from a career in finance. The self-taught photographer took inspiration from Arthur Morris, author of The Art of Bird Photography.
“I feel a deep connection with the birds I photograph,” said Jeffrey, who lives in Massachusetts, but photographs regularly at the refuge. “I am particularly pleased if the bird is catching food, trying to attract a mate, building a nest, feeding its young, or trying to frighten off a potential rival…. I am also fond of the portrait-like quality of one or two birds expressing absolute peace. I feel that peace when I photograph them.”
Jeffrey is currently exhibiting 30 bird images at the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Auditorium through April 30, 2018. The public is welcome to view Jeffrey’s images, about half of which he shot at “Ding” Darling, in the admission-free Visitor & Education Center during regular hours, daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The “Meet the Artist” reception on April 5th is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon.