John Dunne wrote that “No man is an island.”  But in truth, I am an island; I can sense only myself.  I cannot shed my skin and become another person. I cannot sense what they sense, feel what they feel, dream what they dream.

My images are my way of imagining myself in the skins of others.  My lens is my ally in this effort, capturing moments of revelation, moments of truth, moments in which I see in others those things I sense or hope to sense in myself. Only through my images can I imagine leaving my island for the islands that others inhabit.


Nathan Dean, photographer and physicist, became passionate about fine art photography after he retired from a career as a university professor, dean, vice provost and vice president. His works have been acquired by discerning collectors, published in national media, and shown by invitation in numerous solo and small-group shows. They have been accepted in over seventy juried shows, winning multiple awards. He has served Atlanta Celebrates Photography as a member of its Board and its Executive Committee, and he has been co-director of the art program at the Buckhead Library.