Raised along the Appalachian Mountains and the Ohio rust belt, David "Buck" Buckwalter developed an unquenchable thirst for exploration, adventure, and discovery at an early age. His interest in photography developed almost as soon as he could hold a camera, and he quickly found himself learning the basics on his father's Pentax.
After a brief stint at Pennsylvania State University, he enlisted in the United States Navy as a nuclear reactor operator on a fast attack submarine. Over the next decade, he would polish his photography skills around the globe, striving to learn more about the cultures he found, and capture their essence on film.
Nearly a decade after his enlistment, he began tinkering with the physical aspects of photography; rebuilding cameras, repurposing lenses, and general experimentation to solve old problems in new ways became the mainstay of his craft. Currently, he spends his days calibrating nuclear instrumentation for North Anna Power Station in Mineral, Virginia, and his free time combining his technical expertise and creative visions with a professional acumen to create truly unique photographs.
Senator Tim Kaine
Oregon Humanities Magazine