A black and white portrait of Dan MacDonald

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Dan MacDonald is a landscape photographer and photography instructor from Moncton, New Brunswick. Self-taught, he started with film in 1990 before switching to digital in 2006. Like many beginners, he dabbled in several genres as he tried to find his footing. Thanks to his children and their activities, he discovered a niche in sports action and dance photography. For over a decade, Dan photographed sports at various levels from youth to elite, photographed recitals for two of Moncton's youth dance companies, and provided sports and editorial services to media and government. He has also taught introductory photography, in both classroom and one-on-one settings, since 2011.

Dan was the 2015 Port Bickerton Lighthouse artist-in-residence. The residency provided the opportunity to dedicate two full weeks to landscape photography as well as a personal project on lobster fishing. That same year, he was awarded a creation grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board, which allowed him to further develop his landscape work. Since 2007, he has had several prints accepted into juried exhibitions in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Quebec.

Dan's current work concentrates on rural and coastal landscapes within the Maritime provinces.

Dan lives in Moncton, where he continues to work, teach, and hone both his craft and his vision.

Artist's Statement

I stay close to home, highlighting the natural, rugged, and inherent beauty of the Maritimes. I am particularly drawn to coastal areas and to the merger of land, sea, and horizon.

Whenever possible, I prefer minimalism, negative space, and the ability to isolate my subjects within both their surroundings and the final composition. I often work in black and white. I use a minimum of post-processing - I capture scenes, I don't create them.

I strive to create work that is both timeless and relatable to as large an audience as possible.

Your world, my vision, one image at a time.