About - David Safanda Photography

I am a landscape photographer from San Rafael, CA. My images focus on California’s natural beauty. A favorite subject is Marin County which consists of dramatic seascapes, mountain landscapes and iconic landmarks. My photography is not heavily edited or processed but it is to be sure a romantic vision.


The Kiowa poet N. Scott Momaday remarked that the American West... 

"IS A PLACE THAT HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED, AND IT MAY HAVE TO BE BELIEVED IN ORDER TO BE SEEN."

I tend to believe that it is often a case of the later.

BACKGROUND

My path to dedicated photography is a bit long winded.

My foundation training and education in the visual arts was entirely focused on drawing and painting. Throughout my young life I imagined that I would be a painter. I was as dedicated to this path as anyone can be. I attended Bowdoin College in Maine where I was consumed with studying realist painting. I later studied at The University of Pennsylvania where I received a Master of Fine Arts degree.

After graduate school I opted to spend three months in San Francisco while applying for teaching positions. However, instead of locked in a studio working on new paintings I was spending all of my weekends and free time rock climbing and exploring the Sierra Nevada. I never left. After a couple of injuries sidetracked me even further, I abandoned painting all together and found myself sucked into the world of high tech. The commercial internet had just exploded in the Bay Area and I began pushing pixels instead of paint.

I’m thankful for my business success in graphic design but over time I realized that it does not entirely fulfill my desire to make art. I have always owned cameras but now I turned to photography with same passion that I had previously invested in painting. Landscape photography has allowed me to come full circle and combine my love for the natural world with my need to make images.
Shooting in Zion

Shooting in Zion

Photo by Brian Rueb