David Pickar is a native of Portland, Oregon. He studied anthropology at the University of Oregon, then spent several years working as a field archaeologist. Participating in excavations in countries like Jordan, Belize and Italy and in every corner of the US, allowed him to witness culture and the environment from an unusual perspective.
It was a desire to tell some of these stories, along with a life-long love of photography that led him to the business of film. At the Seattle Film Institute he participated in an intensive film-immersion program. Soon he was at work as the director of photography on a feature-length documentary about sustainable living. That film, Mama Earth, has screened in numerous festivals around the country and was included in a nationally syndicated PBS TV series. In 2005 David began specializing in films for parks and public lands with the Seattle firm Camera One. Shooting assignments have taken him around the country filming everything from wolves and grizzly bears in Alaska’s Denali National Park to rare birds and nesting sea turtles on South Carolina’s barrier Islands to the stoic, red-stone monuments of Utah’s Arches National Park. He is an experienced editor and script-writer and is also skilled in video graphics and special-effects.
As Video Chronicler, David has his cameras at-the-ready 24 hours a day and seven days a week, with just one goal: to capture the essence of each expedition. Voyage DVDs are available at the end of each expedition — they often prove to be remarkable ways of remembering and recapturing the magic of these remarkable journeys.