Dave Updegraff – Photography Exhibit | May 1st- June 28th, 2018


I have three passions in my life. My family, my work, and my photography. I will leave it up to you to decide their order of importance. I can only say that my life would be incomplete without all three of them. Obviously there are more but these are the three things that occupy my conscience being at any given moment.

For those who have known me for a long time would wonder “What about golf?” I would answer that anything, action, or person that would treat me as badly as golf has cannot be considered a passion in my life. Golf! She is a harsh and unforgiving mistress, which I shall not suffer anymore. Except of course on those rare occasions where it is an event type format.

My family is the wonderful woman I married 39 years ago. She is my best friend, life partner, and I love her dearly. My Daughter who is building a great life with a wonderful man and they now have a three children, Joshua, Gabby, and Austin. My Son has become an incredible salesperson and is now managing a sales department for one of the largest retail businesses in Cedar Rapids.

My work is and always has been centered on helping people and providing service to others. Doing something for people that perhaps they cannot do for themselves. It was why I originally got into law enforcement and it is why I later turned to the development and nurturing of human resources in the work environment. This work gives me purpose and a reason to get up in the morning.

My photography, which has been a part of my life since my parents (who were very poor) first helped me buy (I had a paper route at 9) a Brownie 127 film camera. 1977 I bought my first 35mm film camera and thought I had made the big times. In 2000 I bought my first digital camera and it unlocked a fire storm in me that wanted to create images and capture memories. Today I have four Nikon DSLRs and yes it is way more equipment then I need but I am truly happiest when I have a camera in my hand and up to my eye. So if it is more than I need then I am guilty of being selfish but hopefully the images I capture will bring others the same level of enjoyment they provide for me.

For the last nine years in particular I have read books, taken on-line classes and studied hard to understand the art of photography. I smile inwardly when someone pays me the highest complement that I have” a gifted eye for photography” because I now know the work and diligence that has gone into that. I probably will get this quote wrong but it goes something like “ability is when loads of practice and opportunity come together.” I know that’s not right but you get the meaning that is intended.

And this is who I am.