‘God created me to do photography’

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.”