Biography of David John Clow


I was born and raised in Brockville, Ontario. This part of the country is a narrow band of the Canadian Shield where it crosses the St Lawrence River.  Such natural surroundings gave me many opportunities to hike, camp, swim, and canoe, even before I finished grade school.  At that early age, I developed my love and fascination for nature - something that continues to this day.

In 1976, I received my first certification in scuba diving.  In 1978, I earned an HonBSc in Marine Biology, from the University of Guelph. During my undergrad summers, I worked in both northern Ontario (Chapleau), and the Bay of Fundy (St. Andrews, NB).  During the winter of 1978, I worked as a professional diver and freshwater biologist, within the Biological Research Division of Ontario Hydro.

My photography jumped to another level in 1987.  That year, I won an honorable mention for People in Canadian Geographic's Annual Photo Contest.   In 2007, that  was followed by a 2nd Place award, for Nature/Flora, in the same CG contest. 

In 2011, I had a full page photo appear in The Best of Canadian Wildlife 2012 , published by the Canadian Geographic Society . That was followed with a republication in The Best of Candian Wildlife in 2018.

While nature has been my most productive form of photography, I enjoy all types of the visual art form.  They include macro, architecture, natural and man-made abstracts, sports/action, and figure/glamour photography. I have also combined my hobby with my profession,  and produced photographic prints, using digitalx-rays. (DR).

I have been a past member of the RA Photo Club in Ottawa (RAPC), the Oshawa Camera Club (OCC), the Toronto Camera Club (TCC), as well as a member of the North American Nature Photographer's Association (NANPA).

I am currently a member of the Mississauga Camera Club (MCC), and lead their Image Critique special interest group (SIG). 

I have attended photography workshops with Tony Beck ( Algonquin Park), Richard Martin (Gros Morne, Nfld), Garry Black (PEI), and Andrew Collett (Tofino, BC)  

I am also a qualified photography judge with the Canadian Association of Photographic Arts (CAPA).

Developing a working knowledge of Audacity sound editing software, Adobe photo editing software, and ProShow Gold AV production software, has culminated in the production of a number of well received digital AV shows.  In 2008,  I received a 3rd place award in the First Annual Digital AV Competition held by CAPA.  

In the new millenium, I have had several photo exhibits in Ottawa.  My personal exhibit, The People of Havana, was displayed at the National Press Club Gallery,  in 2001. In 2003, I contributed to a collaborative, juried exhibit, Prince Edward Island, displayed at the Centre Point Theatre Gallery, in Nepean, Ontario. The personal exhibit, Journey to Antarctica, was displayed in the RA Centre Photo Gallery, in Ottawa, in 2007.

Historically, I photographed in B&W as well as colour - both negatives and slides.  In 2003, I made the conversion to digital photography, and haven't looked back.  I currently photograph exclusively with Nikon equipment.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me by email at eighty8keys@rogers.com.  Enjoy the pictures!