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David Sievart at Pacific


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"I consider myself a photojournalist and my duty, as a photographer is to record the events 
and people of my lifetime. No doubt this premise was forged from my high school days 
of working as a photographer on the yearbook and newspaper-capturing those fleeting 
memories of youthful exuberance.

Attending Ohio University and Bowling Green State University majoring in 
photojournalism continued that path I set in high school. A summer vacation first brought 
me to Santa Cruz in 1970 and planted the seed in my mind of making it my next home. In 
1972 I made the move and took up residence among the many artists already here and 
working. 

Further photography classes at Cabrillo College soon followed and throughout the 70’s I 
photographed the creative talents and performances of my adopted home. Contributions 
of images to Sundaze, The Independent and Santa Cruz Sentinel newspapers kept the 
dream alive.

My interest in aerial photography began in high school as a result of a friend's father 
earning his pilot's license. I accompanied the two on several occasions and snapped a 
few black & white photos through the window. It would be another ten years before I 
would once again take to the sky with camera in hand. Through the influence and 
friendly intimidation of a roommate just finishing up his private pilots program I flew 
with him and created my first body of aerial photographic work. This culminated in an 
exhibit at the County Government Building in August of 1977 and inspired me to start 
flying lessons. I earned my private pilot's license in 1978 and later my commercial and 
instrument ratings.

It was only natural my camera would accompany me on every flight right from the 
beginning-even my instructional flights. I did several paying jobs with my instructor at 
my side prior to my first solo. Thirty seven years and more than 5,500 hours of flight have since passed and the love for aviation and taking photos from a higher perspective continues to grow. My work with an aerial survey company as well as my banner towing business, SKYWORDS AERIAL SERVICES and of course AIRPHOTO DESIGNS has given me 
the opportunity to fly and photograph in Mexico and 20 states including the Hawaiian 
Islands. I currently have posters and greeting cards in print as well as a permanent space 
with the Artisans of Santa Cruz Gallery in the Capitola Mall. Work for contractors, 
developers, real estate interests, manufacturers, homeowners, law offices, special events 
and sales of artistic and scenic prints round out my involvement with aerial photography.

I also hold a Masters of Photography with the Professional Aerial Photographers 
International organization and have garnered 9 first place awards in the yearly image 
competition among its members. My photos have also appeared on 4 covers of the 
organization’s quarterly magazine and shown in a half a dozen group shows the 
association has hung in major airports and the FAA offices in Washington DC.
I have hung a dozen one man shows over the years both locally and in the Bay Area, the 
most recent at the Louden Nelson Center in May and participated in as many group 
showings as well. In August and September I will exhibit at two locations as part of the 
First Friday’s program."

-David Sievart