Dustin Gray

I took an early interest in photography in high school. Back in those days there was, of course no such thing as digital medium. This was brilliant however as I learned the hard way how to develop film and create my own prints in the darkroom.

After graduation, I decided to join the U.S. Marine Corps. I served in various locales including California, Japan, Korea and Guam. Upon discharge, I promptly moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where I worked as a bartender and traveled the region for nearly a year.

When I arrived back in the States, I studied photojournalism at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA and subsequently went on to complete a degree in photography at the City College of San Francisco in May of 2006. It was during the final semester of my senior year at City College that I completed my first published work, a photo documentary on the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. It was released in December of 2008.

From around 2006 to 2009, I filled my days with completing a degree in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts: Boston, and my nights with shooting location fashion, runway shows, events and music. This was the period in which I really honed my craft professionally.

In late June of 2009, I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime spending nearly 5 months in the Amazon rainforest photographing and studying plants and wildlife. Once back in the U.S., I returned to my home state of California where I continue to shoot just about every day.