2827 Primrose Road
Columbus, GA 31907
PH: (706) 563-9655
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DONALD TIPTON began his professional photographic career in 1982 and has worked in commercial and advertising photography since that time. his education in music and art have augmented his pursuit of photographic excellence. In 1987 D. Tipton obtained his basic open water rating through NASDS. He continued his studies in diving obtaining his NASDS instructors rating in 1989. Later that year he crossed over to SSI because the dive shop in which he worked changed to SSI. He studied cave diving with NSSCDS instructor trainer Jamie Hempstead beginning in 1998. His work with marine mammals began in 1992 with his introduction to the Bottlenose dolphins of the gulf of Mexico. He continues to work with various organizations in that area to learn more about the dolphins. Photography has been an essential component of Tipton's diving from the beginning. His work is a celebration of color, texture, and form that few people will ever experience firsthand. While Donald is a marine photographer it is essential to show the wildlife in their habitats. He attempts to show beaches, marches, intercostal waterways, and other wildlife environments in ways that we often overlook. Donald has always believed that it is better to study wildlife in their natural habits and not in a captive situation. It is his belief that animals behave differently when they are in a captive situation and should always be approached on their own turf and on their own schedule. While many photographers work only with color images, Donald works with both black and white and color images. He feels that sometimes a subject matter will be stronger when you remove the colors and have the viewer only concentrate on the subject.

Recent Credits Include:

* Oceans Gallery, Los Angeles, California
* Fifth International Dolphin & Whale Conference May 1996 Brussels, Belgium
* Greenpeace Desk Calendar 1995, 1996, & 1997
* Greenpeace Wall Calendar 1996
* Angel Graphic Manatee Posters
* Workman Publishing, New York
* Dive International, also Photo of the Year 1997
* Tauchen and 1997 First and Second place, covers of the year
* Merguelho (dive magazine, Brazil
* Scuba Times
* Immersed
* Unter Wasser ( UWP)
* The Marine Mammal Center, Annual Report, web-site, various
* Columbus Museum 1992
* Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum 1994
* Montgomery Museum of Art 1995
* Wiregrass museum of Art 1997
* The Visual Arts Ctr. Best of Show for Faces and Facets, 1998
* Principal speaker at " Visions Beneath The Sea " London 1998

Donald Tipton is represented by:

Alan Brober at Oceans Gallery and Bookstore, (310) 670-2503

 

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