About Me - David A Parker Photography, LLC

About David

I was born in St. Paul, and I’ve lived here in Minnesota most of my life. It seemed natural to try to break into the artist world with my camera. It seems that I’ve been using one for as long as I remember. From “borrowing” my parents Kodak 100 film camera, to being envious of the neighbors when they brought home the brand new “disk” film camera; the ability to capture an image on a piece of film was what pulled me into photography.

Coupled with my love of old buildings and architecture, I wanted to go out and capture these fantastic buildings across not only Minnesota, but the United States; the world. I started doing “day” trips across Minnesota to find some of these fantastic buildings that were still standing. Fergus Falls, for example, with the old Regional Treatment Center. Traveling to these locations across the state, you pass through many small communities which also have plenty of fantastic buildings. Ceylon, Fairmont, Jackson. St. Joseph, Stillwater. The list can go on; so many of our communities – even Minneapolis and St. Paul – have fantastically historic buildings.

But I also find myself drawn to the farming communities of southern Minnesota. The small towns that are all but drying up due to that farming isn’t as popular as it used to be, coupled with the small farmers being bought out by the larger corporations for their land. The towns are disappearing. The wonderful, old wooden barns are slowly disappearing as well; they are either falling apart due to neglect or being torn down as the large corporations bring their own equipment to the farms and do not need storage for them on site.

My work has been published in magazines, newspapers, calendars, and online. My images have also been used as permanent displays in several buildings. I have won several awards with my photographic images. I love history and exploring. Nothing’s more fun for me than traveling to a new (or old!) location and wandering around with my gear, looking for subjects to photograph. I’m so lucky to call myself a resident of Stillwater, Minnesota, for more than a decade now. This town has a great mix of history (it’s known as the “birthplace of Minnesota”), and the whole town begs to be walked and photographed.

One thing you’ll notice about my images is the lack of people in them. Although I do occasionally photograph people, I really enjoy and focus my work on photographing buildings, bridges, sunrises and sunsets.


I do offer canvas prints of my work. I use a small, local vendor who focuses on high quality instead of fast output. If you are looking for a canvas print of any one of my images, please contact me for pricing. Thanks!


résumé

exhibitions

04/2018: Collection of agriculture photos on display at The Wedge & Wheel | Stillwater, Minnesota.

03/2108: Winner of "Best Landscape" photo for the 2018 Ice Castles Minnesota photo contest.

03/2018: Winner #4 at the Ice Castles Photo Contest for all Ice Castles locations.

03/2018: 7 Photos on Display at Mim's Cafe in St. Paul, Minnesota.

11/2017: Photo on display as part of the White Bear Center for the Arts Member Show.

09/2017: Photo on display at Rejected! at the Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

06/2017: Photos on display at Travels: Near and Far at the AZ Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota.

05/2017: Artwork on display in the Tamarack Gallery and Framing, Stillwater, Minnesota.

03/2017: 13 photos on display at Cerenity Senior Care, White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

03/2017: 1st Place Winner for the Ice Castles Photo Contest.

11/2016: 21 photos on display at The Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, Minnesota.

06/2016: 22 photos on display at the Red Rock Center for the Arts, Fairmont, Minnesota.

05/2016: 15 photos on display at the Chilkoot Cafe and Cyclery in Stillwater, Minnesota.

12/2015: Article about my photography in the St. Croix Valley Magazine, December 2015 Issue.

11/2015: Photo selected for the White Bear Center for the Arts 2015 Members' Exhibition.

08/2015: 37 photos on display at the Stillwater Public Library.

07/2015: Photo on display at the ArtReach St. Croix Members Show, from July -August 2015.

06/2015: 3 photos selected to be on display as part of the Freeborn County Arts Initiative Heart of the Heartland show from July 7th to August 29th, 2015.

03/2015: Part of the Minnesota Exposure Founding Members group show at the Oakdale Discovery Center in Oakdale, Minnesota.

07/2014: Photos on display at the Oakdale Discovery Center, Oakdale, Minnesota.

05/2014: Ramsey County Historical Society Juried Photo Contest Reflections on Ramsey - two photos selected Ended January 2015.

04/2014: White Bear Center for the Arts 40th Annual Northern Lights Exhibition - 1 photo selected for display

09/2013: Photos on display at the White Bear Lake Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop.

09/2013: Photo included in the 2014 Freshwater Society Minnesota Weatherguide Calendar.

08/2013: Winner of the #ILoveMNTrees contest by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

08/2013: Photo accepted into the 2013 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition.

08/2013: Oakdale Discovery Center - Oakdale, MN - 13 photos on display.

06/2013: White Bear Area Community Counseling Center - 10 photos on display, in conjunction with the White Bear Center for the Arts.

04/2013: Photo selected to be included in the Capture Minnesota Volume 2 book from TPT.

02/2013: Four photographs on display as part of the juried exhibition "9 Stops" at the AZ Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota.

12/2012 - 02/2013: Roseville Public Library - Roseville, MN - 28 photos on display in the digital photography gallery.

11/2012: St. Barnabas Center for the Arts - Plymouth, MN - 28 photos on display.

08/2012: Photo accepted into the 2012 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition.

08/2012: Invited into the "Friends With Benefits" show at AZ Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota.

06/2012: 26 photos on display at Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, Iowa.

06/2012: Shared gallery exhibition at the Oakdale Discovery Center, Oakdale, Minnesota.

04/2012: White Bear Center for the Arts 39th Annual Northern Lights Exhibition - 1 photo selected for display.

09/2011: NorthMarq Building, Bloomington, MN - 45 photos on display.

12/2011: St. John's Hospital - 4 photos on display as part of the holiday artists' showcase.

12/2011: ArtReach St. Croix - 10 photos on display as part of the holiday artists' showcase.

06/2011: St. John's Hospital - 28 photos on display.

03/2011: White Bear Center for the Arts 38th Annual Northern Lights Exhibition - 1 photo selected for display.

02/2011: Kowalski's Markets, Stillwater, MN - 10 photos on display.

01/2011: St. Paul Winter Carnival 2nd Annual Art Show: 3 photos on display.

12/2010: Hudson Hospital, Hudson, WI - 28 photos featured in Healing Arts Exhibit.

11/2010: ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater, MN - 26 photos on display.

10/2010: St. Paul Art Crawl, St. Paul, MN - Photo display in Northwestern Building.

09/2010: NorthMarq Building, Bloomington, MN - 43 photos on display.

06/2010: Artist Mercantile, St. Paul, MN - photo participant in Visual Jazz Show.

06/2010: Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, IA - 18 photos on display.

06/2010: Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA - 28 photos on display.

05/2010: Oakdale Discovery Center, Oakdale, MN - 24 photos on display.

04/2010: St. Paul Art Crawl, St. Paul, MN - Photo display in the Rossmor Building.

04/2010: White Bear Center for the Arts 37th Annual Northern Lights Exhibition - 3 photos selected for display.

04/2010: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN - Photo in "Foot in the Door 4" exhibit.

03/2010: Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Stillwater, MN - 7 photos on display.

03/2010: Dunn Bros., Oakdale, MN - 16 photos on display.

12/2009: New Beginnings Face and Body Solutions, St. Paul, MN - 20 photos on display.

10/2009: Dunn Bros., Stillwater, MN - 8 photos on display.

09/2009: Lakeview Hospital Women's Center, Stillwater, MN - 9 photos on display.

08/2009: New Beginnings Face and Body Solutions, St. Paul, MN - 16 photos on display.

03/2009: Shane's on Main, Stillwater, MN - 12 photos on display.

11/2008: Dunn Bros., White Bear Lake, MN - 14 photos on display.

06/2008: LifeTime Fitness, White Bear Lake, MN - 12 photos on display.

02/2008: Lakeview Hospital Women's Center, Stillwater, MN - 7 photos on display

publications

Photo licensed for the front cover of The Magic That Was Stonebridge: Reflections From an Era of Teacher Empowerment by Bernie Anderson.

Photo licensed for use in the January 2015 issue of Golf Magazine listing for "2014 Best U.S. Municipal Renovation" for Keller Golf Course

7 photos licensed for the 2015 Bank Midwest calendar

Multiple photos included in the 2014 Martin County, Minnesota Visitors Guide

Freshwater Society 2014 Minnesota Weatherguide Environment Calendar™

Front cover photo of the 2012 Fairmont, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Chamber Membership Guide

Front cover photo for the 2011 Fairmont, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Banquet Booklet

Several photos in the 2012 Fairmont, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Travel Guide

Article cover photo in the Fall/Winter 2011 CURA Reporter, article titled "Trade Center Hierarchy in Greater Minnesota"

2-page spread in the September/October 2011 issue of North Country Golf Magazine.

Creative Memories promotional calendar - 13 photos.

Freshwater Society 2012 Minnesota Weatherguide Wall Calendar

Freshwater Society 2012 Minnesota Weatherguide Engagement Calendar

Southern Minnesota Magazine - Bridal 2011 Issue - Page 28

Fairmont, Minnesota Area Chamber of Commerce 2011 Visitors Guide - one photo

Fairmont, Minnesota Area Chamber of Commerce Website - photo used on the welcome page

Freshwater Society 2011 Minnesota Weatherguide Wall Calendar

Fairmont, Minnesota Area Chamber of Commerce 2010 Annual Meeting Booklet - front cover photo

Summer 2010 Discover! Iowa Magazine - article about my photography on display at the Pearson Lakes Art Center

Southern Minnesota Magazine - Fall 2009 Issue - Page 29

Southern Minnesota Magazine - Summer 2009 Issue - Page 25

Southern Minnesota Magazine - Spring 2009 Issue - Page 23

Southern Minnesota Magazine - Winter 2008 Issue - Page 40

other activities

January 2018 - Judge for the 11th Annual DaVinci Fest

January 2017 - Judge for the 11th Annual DaVinci Fest

January 2016 - Judge for the 10th Annual DaVinci Fest

January 2015 - Appeared on KFAI radio -  discussion of photography and music.

January 2015 - Judge for the 9th Annual DaVinci Fest

January 2014 - Judge for the 8th Annual DaVinci Fest

June 2013 - Winner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agencies' #ILoveMNTrees photo contest.

January 2013 - Judge for the 7th Annual DaVinci Fest

Participant in the 2012 Inns of the St. Croix Valley Chocolate March. Booth set up at the Water Street Inn, Stillwater, MN.

January 2012 - Judge for the 6th Annual DaVinci Fest

October 2011 - Guest appearance on TPT Televisions "Almanac" program: 10/07/2011

January 2011 - Judge for the 5th Annual DaVinci Fest

Ongoing - Digital Photography Class Instructor at the White Bear Center for the Arts

Previous Instructor of various photographic courses through the TCPG.

Administrator of the Minnesota Photography Club Facebook group with 12,000+ members as well as an Administrator of Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group with 6,000+ members.