Now in Kingston, he focuses on photography

While local photographer Tim Davis has taken pictures much of his life as a hobby, he only recently started selling his work after retiring from sales with Coca-Cola in the Bay Area and moving in Kingston in 2018.

“I had never sold or nearly sold anything,” he said. “I now consider myself semi-professional because it’s not my income, but I receive income.”

Davis, 63, is well known in Kitsap County for his stunning shots of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife Trish live above President Point in Kingston, which offers a clear view of Puget Sound, where Davis does much of his filming. He enjoys documenting the various activities on the water, such as ferries, military vessels and tugboats.

“I’m blessed with the beauty here,” he said. “Much of my work is improvised. I go out and capture what is in front of me. As I grow, I try to find unique paths for my work, unique genres. I try to find the beauty that’s right in front of our eyes, but sometimes we don’t see it.

Davis bought his first “big boy” camera at age 19 – a Canon SLR. One of his big interests at the time was motor racing and that’s what he started photographing. His older brother was a big influence because he had a darkroom at home with very good equipment.

“It was obviously long before digital,” he said. “Those exotic smells in the darkroom, I will never be able to forget them. There are some aromas in your life that don’t go away; Italian cafe, a barrel room in a cellar and in a darkroom.

Currently, one of Davis’ favorite things is to take pictures at the same location over the course of a year to compare the differences. He takes pretty much every day and doesn’t edit his photos much, leaving the camera to do most of the work.

“My work is very lightly treated,” he said. “I never remove or add landmarks or objects. The only work I do is lighten the shadow or increase the texture or crop. I like to think that it is mostly off camera.

Until the end of June, Davis will be the featured artist at the Village Green community center in Kingston, where her work will be on display and available for purchase. The Village Green hosts artists in two-month screenings throughout the year, and Davis will have his artist reception on May 20.

Last year Davis had a stand at the Poulsbo Art Festival, and he will again this year. The event takes place in August on Poulsbo seafront. In July, it will be presented at the Art Market organized by the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

“What I don’t want to do is be the guy sitting down every Saturday at the Kingston Farmers Market with 30 wrapped prints to see if he’ll buy any. The way I worked on my booth last year was to say, “Here are many examples of my work in print, then here are examples of my work in different media. Show me what you like and let’s talk about it. Then we order it from there rather than buy it and take it away.

After Davis first moved here, he entered his first juried competition in 2019 at the Edmonds Art Festival, which he ended up winning 1st place for photography. Since the backdrops for many of his photos are Shoreline and Edmonds across Puget Sound, he said many people from those areas were interested in his work.

“Now I’ve become a bit well-known in those bands as well,” he said. “It’s very exciting to be included there.”

Davis said he was not a freelance photographer as he was not hired to take pictures, adding that he only photographed a wedding and a family photo shoot. “My favorite line I say when people ask if you do portraits or weddings is no because the mountains don’t complain,” he said.

He is currently in talks with Visit Kitsap Peninsula about using his photos for their posts. He also makes and sells his own calendars, which are ordered around September. Although his work is for sale on timdavisimages.com, he doesn’t like to transact that way. Emailing him at [email protected] is the best approach.

“I just do it to have it there,” he said of his website’s listing of his work. “I prefer to interact directly with people to find out what photos they are interested in, then talk about the media on which it is possible to print them.”

Since Davis only recently started this venture, he doesn’t plan on dropping the camera anytime soon.

“It’s endless here,” he said. “The camera weighs only a few pounds. So as long as I can move, and I can see, I don’t see that ending for me. In fact, I’ve only been doing this for four years.

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