Meet the thirty9 Photographer
David Balyeat not only captures a scene, he feels the lifeblood of a city; the human heartbeat of a skyline made tangible through photography. At age 10 David received his first point-and-shoot camera from his father. It had few settings, but the ability to change shutter speed and aperture to create a unique image became an enduring memory. “I was one of those lucky people with one foot in the analog age.” David committed to photography as a tangible career after seeing massive prints of Peter Lik in a Waikki gallery in 2008, amazed by the large scale format and vivid color of the work. David merged his passion for capturing cities and architecture with the desire to emulate this large-format approach, including a commitment to using the best technology available. “Painting is often about texture, but photography is about precision. I really want to convey that in a piece.” Today, David is pushing the boundaries of his own experience. It isn’t enough to find the perfect location, he wants to experience the living energy of each place and channel it to the viewer. “I thrive on the creative capital…that energy current is what really gets me going.” Now living in Denver, David deliberately strays from the beaten path to avoid heavily photographed locations, often spending weeks exploring backcountry wilderness to capture hidden beauties.