Today we’d like to introduce you to Greg Davis.
Greg, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Of course. Fate exerts a powerful pull on our lives. As I know first hand, it can drag you through the mud before it shows you the light at the end of the tunnel. For me, fate is my quest for meaning, it’s my desire to connect my experiences with those of people worlds apart, to exhibit that we are all part of something greater than ourselves.
After quitting my job in 2004 and selling most of my possessions, I went on a yearlong global soul-searching expedition. Nine months in, fate once again intervened to put me face-to-face with a Black Hmong blanket weaver in the highlands of Northern Vietnam. It was then that I captured an image that, unbeknownst to me, would weave our fates together and fill me with a new sense of purpose.
I am represented by National Geographic Creative, and worked my way from local festivals to international exhibitions. My first major solo exhibit for the Museum of the Southwest followed the stories of individual pilgrims to the 2013 Kumbh Mela, the largest religious pilgrimage in history, about which i also completed my first short documentary film, Cloth Paper Dreams.
Ultimately, I hopes to return to mountains of Northern Vietnam to find the woman who changed my life and has now impacted so many others with a simple yet powerful image. Her still untold story is continuation of my own. One day, I hope to share it with all of you.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Sure. The purpose of my work is to serve as a reminder to us that we are all part of something greater than ourselves. At a faster rate than ever before, our world is shrinking and traditional cultures are at risk. It is imperative that we be aware of and respect the diversity of our planet as well as our unprecedented need to preserve it.
Davis is a National Geographic Creative Photographer and an Ambassador for the Austin non-profit Well Aware, which provides innovative and sustainable solutions to the problems of water scarcity and contamination in Africa. His collectible works hang in private and institutional collections worldwide.
In 2013, I was commissioned by the Museum of the Southwest to create a solo exhibition under the theme of “Myth and Legend”. I targeted the world’s largest pilgrimage, India’s Kumbh Mela, as my subject. To me, it was both mythical and legendary. Daunting in its scale, to say it was overwhelming would be an understatement. The Indian government estimated upwards of 100,000,000 pilgrims in attendance over the fifty-five-day event, each there to connect to something greater than themselves. As of 2018, the works from that project have been exhibited in eight museums, art centers and cultural centers in Texas and 20 film festivals. In addition, the work from this project was exhibited here in Houston during Fotofest this year.
All pieces from the Limited Edition Collection are printed on archival Canson Infinity Museum Rag Paper with archival pigment inks. Each piece is then treated with Hahnemuhle’s UV Protective Spray Coating to further protect and maximize the archival quality of the artwork. Each piece from the Limited-Edition Collection is hand signed, numbered in a limited edition, titled, embossed and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The best way to join the journey is online at www.gregdavisphotography.
- Address: Gusto Studios 2309 Thornton Road Unit M
Austin, TX 78704
- Website: www.gregdavisphotography.com
- Phone: 5122280995
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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