David Shively has been working with photography and video since the late 1960s. His professional career involved production of media-based continuing education for engineering, medical, and education professionals. He bought his first DSLR in 2005, and has since become an avid amateur photographer. He has learned from workshops with National Geographic photographer John Shaw, and with New York-based photo artist Jean Miehle. His work spans three principal areas: international cultures; wildlife—particularly sea birds; and images that evoke the life and history of the small, southern towns he has discovered since moving to Georgia. He is co-coordinator of the Griffin chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association.