David Young was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. As a young boy, his love of nature was nurtured during long southern summers spent wading in neighborhood creeks. These explorations eventually took him further afield as he traveled to state and national parks on camping trips.
After graduating from high school, he attended Duke University for two years before transferring to the University of Vermont, where he enrolled in the Environmental Studies program. During his years in Vermont, he served as an environmental studies teaching assistant and volunteered with several environmental advocacy groups.
Then wanderlust took hold and he traveled to the West Coast, eventually settling in the San Francisco Bay area for a year. However, his roots in the east proved too strong to sever, so he pulled up stakes and moved to New York City.
Trading forests and streams for the concrete jungle proved to be a surprisingly easy transition. For fifteen years he worked in audio-visual production and public relations. But nature’s pull was felt once more and for the past twelve years he has worked as a landscape gardener, creating garden oases in the urban landscape and serving as groundskeeper for a private estate in New Jersey.
In 2005 he began experimenting with digital photography. The immediate feedback provided by this technology catapulted him to a new level as a photographer, giving him free rein to experiment and explore. The recurring theme of nature has taken center stage once more as he returns to the forests and streams of his youth with camera in hand. You might say the prodigal son has waded home.