You can call me Travis. But in case you’re curious, the ‘D’ stands for Daniel. I didn’t actually know that my name was formally Daniel until the third grade. My mother was always very skilled at making sure my teacher knew I went by Travis, and so I was ignorant until then. But in third grade, my school tested kids’ skills and placed them in different math classes based on ability. So I had a different math teacher starting week two. My new math teacher had a dilemma: She had one child who never raised his hand for role call, and she had an attendance sheet with one kid not accounted for. “You must be Daniel,” she inquired. I shook my head. “Daniel North,” she insisted. Again, I shook my head. I don’t remember exactly how the chain of events occurred. But I somehow ended up in tears shouting at my teacher, and I ended up in the principal’s office (more tears) and then my mother ended up there as well. She informed me that yes, my name was Daniel, which was all a little too much for me to bear. I went home early that day. Since then, I still prefer to be called Travis. But at least I know that on official business, I am also known as Daniel. Since so much professionally is tied to my first name, I started including the first initial in my name years ago. But that incident in third grade has helped to shape who I am today.
Professionally, I am a Landscape Architect (licensed and practicing). I did not grow up knowing I wanted to be one nor did I even have a clear understanding of what the profession would involve. In fact, I didn’t know until I was a senior in high school and everyone else seemed to have a pretty good idea of what they wanted to do. I had to spend hours, days and weeks researching the possibility of a career path before I happened upon it. The profession seemed absolutely perfect for me. So I enrolled at Temple University in the School of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture in 1995. I haven’t looked back since.
But a person’s profession isn’t the whole story. Like you and many others, I have many interests: Photography, Cinema, Music, Drawing, Gaming, Electronics, Computer Programming…the list goes on. But photography has far become my most practiced and dominant hobby.
I started learning photography as a little child with a camera my parents got me for christmas one year when I was young. It used Kodak Disc film, which was pretty poor quality but a good starter camera. As a teenager, I started borrowing my father’s more superior camera, a Nikon N2000 (which I still use when shooting film). I took some classes in high school and college and my passion for photography grew.
Photography has really helped me to define myself, especially as it co-exists with my career. As a Landscape Architect, I create welcoming and habitable spaces for people. As a Photographer, I strive to exhibit the beauties of existing spaces and people in raw form; even those darker moments or in the ugliest of spaces. In either case, it is my goal to identify, define and showcase the most beautiful elements in humans and in a space. Even the ugliest of moments or the darkest of places have their own beauty, people just don’t often look for it. I hope to show the world the beauty that can be found if you look hard enough.
So this site exists as my little corner of the web. Here I share my own work and my own thoughts about photography, my other hobbies or whatever I feel may be of interest to you. If you have any ideas, feel free to share.