Raised between the Appalachian Mountains and Ohio’s Rust Belt, David “Buck” Buckwalter developed an unquenchable thirst for exploration, adventure, and discovery at an early age. His interest in photography sparked almost as soon as he could hold his father’s Pentax, and he quickly found himself mastering the basics.
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 places and cultures he visited and capture their essence on film.
During this period, 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 maintaining the Nuclear Operations Simulator at North Anna Power Station in Mineral, Virginia, and his free time combining his technical expertise and creative visions with a professional acumen to create unique photographs.
Although an avid traveler who participates in all genres of photography, Buck has found the heart and soul of his craft to be a voice for rural Appalachia, sharing his views of the quiet landscapes and indigenous wildlife of the region with local customers and global followers alike. Buck is currently a member in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America.