Telling Better Stories with CE Art & Design Instructor David Perry

Image by digital photography instructor, David Perry

David Perry’s life’s work has been focused on capturing those perfect moments that encapsulate a world of meaning in just one photograph. He has brought his knowledge, creativity, and enthusiasm to his classes for all aspiring or seasoned photographers to experience.

The Early Days

Perry has photographed for companies like Boeing and Rockwell throughout his career. Perry, digital photography instructor in BC’s Continuing Education department, knew early on that if he wanted to succeed as a professional photographer, he needed to move from Walla Walla to the Seattle area. He was always guided by the desire to be a storyteller, and he did so by telling stories for large corporations. One of Perry’s specialties is photographing people, and he has a special skill for evoking certain emotions through the way in which he photographs his subjects. Over the years, he honed his craft and decided it was time to pass on what he had learned by teaching.

Imgae from digital photography instructor David PerryInside the Classroom

There is no “one-size fits all” persona when it comes to professional photographers, and that goes for Perry as well. He has been teaching at Continuing Education for the past year, and his classes continue to be in-demand by Digital Photography students. Perry strives to inspire through his teachings, “Simple, worlds of information with few things to look at; it makes pictures more powerful.” He is an energetic instructor whose passion is contagious. Perry learned what it means to be a great teacher from his father who taught him to, “light a fire in students, inspire, share, and encourage through an open learning environment.”

Discover Your Creative Voice

There’s no better time, or weather, than now to take a photography class with Perry. His wisdom and keen eye for beauty in all things will guide you to finding your inner artistic voice. “We take pictures of nouns when we should take them of prepositions, adjectives and adverbs. That’s where the real magic starts, and when you have a reason for taking pictures.” Perry’s goal is to get his students to think beyond the camera and clicking, and to tell a story of what they want to accomplish.

– by Jasmina Dimic

Want to take a class?

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Last Updated October 3, 2016