David Wayne Cramer nature and wildlife photographer, passed away doing what he loved on Thursday, March 25, 2010. Born on December 18, 1951 in Dallas, Texas, David attended Southern Methodist University and Ball State University and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree by Texas A & M University in 1985. After meeting his devoted life partner Avi Kriechman, David retired from a successful and respected career as a psychologist in Austin, Texas and moved permanently to New Mexico, where he developed his photography and became an energetic member of the arts community in Placitas, NM. In his too brief time he earned several awards for his images of wildlife, including the Juror's Selection for the "All Things Horses" International Photography Exhibition and numerous first place awards at the Bosque del Apache Festival of the Cranes.
David loved the natural world. It captured his curiosity, awe, and wonder of the immensity of life and creation. He understood our lives, in nature, as billions of ephemeral events, each one marvelous, momentary, and existing only once. The innate attunement and attention to relationship he brought to his work as a psychologist allowed him to capture those extraordinary moments for all time-- moments he lovingly shared with us. He gave us insight into the intimate lives of the wild horses of Placitas and birds of the Bosque del Apache, some of his favorite subjects. Those transitory intersections of light, color and nature leave us breathless, in wonder, and in reverence for David's connection with the nature that is around us all.
David's generosity, playfulness, kindness, and joy in connection remain his most lasting legacy.
David’s partner Avi has preserved David’s digital images and is beginning to create an inventory of the work David printed prior to his death. Avi plans to make David’s work available through showings by non-profit agencies and benefits for charitable organizations.