Ever since he received his first camera, David Pickett knew he was meant to be a photographer.
Pickett, a Shallotte native, was given his first camera when he was in the seventh grade; since then, he has continued to grow more and more passionate about capturing the world through his lens.
“My work is designed to touch the spirit and soul from an uplifting standpoint,” said Pickett. “If I don’t feel that spirit or doesn’t feel that it could touch someone in an uplifting manner, just maybe, I don’t capture the shot.”
Even as a photographer of color, Pickett said he makes art for everyone.
“I never defined myself as a Black photographer, I just defined myself as a photographer,” Pickett said. “I appeal to all nations, all people.”
One of Pickett’s favorite shots is one he called “Lady Fishing,” which he caught on a whim.
“I was going through a town and I passed this big mound of dirt, big tall mound. So, I stopped, I was like ‘what’s behind this mound of dirt?'” he said. “As I stopped, got out of my car and climbed upon that mound of dirt, I saw it, the prettiest thing, it was a lady fishing in a pond with a long cane fishing pole — a homemade fishing pole.”
Pickett said when anyone looks at “Lady Fishing,” they say it’s his best shot ever.
Pickett mainly does landscape and fine art photography and usually in black and white.
He attended University of North Carolina Asheville, where he majored in business, which he said has helped his photography business, David Pickett Photography, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“People were still ordering from my Facebook and from my website, so I was still showing new work,” said Pickett. “It didn’t slow me down one bit. That’s where the business comes in at, most photographers are not business-minded. They’re traditional, and they just have one way of operating.”
He said photographers have to get creative with marketing and how they do business with people.
Pickett lives in Fayetteville about 5 months out of the year but moves around for his business.
Pickett, who lives in Fayetteville about five months of the year but travels frequently for his business, says photography is what he was meant to do.
“God created me to do photography,” he said. “It’s not something that I do because I like it, I do it because I love it; it’s a passion. When you know your gift and talent, that pretty much becomes your calling, and you never stop doing it.”
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