Change has been a large part of Dave's life. When he was three, he was relocated from his Native American birth family to his adoptive family. As an adult he's been compelled to change careers several times because of serious health conditions. "I should be dead. I’ve had seven heart attacks or strokes. I’m partially blind. I've had heart by-pass and several other operations."
"After hearing the bad news about my heart, I remember getting home that evening, really dejected and telling a friend of mine I didn’t know what I was going to do. And he said, 'Well, take a vacation. Go and take pictures.' But I didn't own a camera. He said, 'Take mine.' And the rest is history. I never thought about going back to do anything else again. I knew I wanted to learn everything I could about photography."
Dave's photographic journey has allowed him to travel throughout the United States, to shoot for movies, to meet famous people, and to make documentaries - one of which helped the Ojibway in North Dakota get a new school. Presently, Dave is working with a writer to develop a movie script about the spirit world and the oil wells in North Dakota.
Dave says, "Looking thro the viewfinder of the camera, you really see the world in a unique perspective. I like to tell invisible, unique stories that widen the viewpoint of the community."