The “Ding” Darling National Wildlife society is celebrating 75 wonderful years on Sanibel, and they are commemorating this anniversary in a big way! Ding Darling will world-famous photography by “the Ansel Adams of Florida, photographer Clyde Butcher.
Starting November 13, 2019, the exhibition will run until February 5, 209 and is completely free to the public. Stop by the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitor & Education Center Auditorium from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to view Clyde’s iconic black-and-white landscape photography.
About Clyde Butcher:
Considered a legendary photographer and national treasure, Clyde Butcher has spent decades honing his photography skills resulting in award-winning images that are beloved by the masses. The scale and extraordinary clarity of his work sets it apart as exceptional. In the tradition of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School painters, Clyde composes his works at pristine and untarnished locations across the United States, creating arresting compositions that distinctly mark him as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.
Clyde began his career as an architect, but when he discovered that he was unable to draw architectural designs, he taught himself photography. Unable to afford a store-bought camera, he made himself a crude pinhole camera. During a trip to Yosemite National Park, ee saw an Ansel Adams Photography exhibit and was so impressed by Adams’ work that he began to photograph landscapes in black and white. Clyde left the architecture field in 1970 and began exhibiting his black and white photographs at art festivals. After creating a very successful business, Clyde left his professional life behind for a less stressful existence in south Florida.
In 1983 Clyde began photographing Florida beaches, still using color film. During a visit to Gaskin’s Cypress Knee Museum in 1984, a roadside attraction in central Florida Clyde was introduced to a new side of Florida. After strolling on the boardwalk through a primeval cypress swamp, a whole new world was opened to Clyde. Next, he met Oscar Thompson, a Florida native, who showcased the interior of the Florida Everglades by taking Clyde on his first walk into the swamp. After his immersion into the beauty he found so mysterious and primeval, Clyde was then inspired to take black and white photographs of the swamp.
Today, Clyde continues to focus on photography as well as conservationism. He has three galleries located throughout the gulf coast at Florida.