Doug Dooley remembers his interest in photography starting when he was a teenager, developing black and white photos shot with 120 film to save money so he would not have to buy an enlarger.
When he began pursuing photography seriously, he started with a Nikon point-and-shoot camera then purchased a Nikon single lens reflex camera. “It was in 2007 when I got more serious about photography,’’ he said. ‘‘Almost every day I read, analyze and experiment to make improvements in my photography.”
He enjoys analyzing photos and art “to see what is good in them. I analyze the artwork to learn what I can do to make my photos better.”
Originally from Mobile, Ala., Dooley retired from the Army with the rank of major. While stationed at Fort Gordon, the leading school of interactive training, he ran the educational television branch producing training videos.
Dooley retired to North Augusta because of the Tri-Development Center’s services for his daughter.
Today, his preferred subjects to photograph are found in nature – butterflies, birds, plants, flowers. He planted a butterfly and hummingbird garden to attract his subjects and “it looks like a jungle right now. I am making a camouflage blind to take shots of hummingbirds without feeders in them. When a butterfly sees me, they are pretty antsy.”
Dooley volunteers for the Blue Ribbon Riders, a group that offers therapeutic horseback riding with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA).
In 2009, he won the Reserve Champion Photo Contest and his photo was featured in the national/international 2008 magazine Strides.
Also that year, two of his photos were printed in the national magazine Hippotherapy, the official publication of the American Hippotherapy Association, and he won first place in the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Summit Photo Contest.
In 2010, his photos were displayed on the BBC Discover Magazine Web site, and in 2011 he won Best of Show at the eighth annual Juried Photography Exhibition at THE MACK, McCormick Arts Council at Keturah, McCormick, and second place in photography in the North Augusta Artists Guild’s Fall Into Art Show. This year, he has won the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Summit Photo Contest and was second in photography in the North Augusta Artists Guild’s Fall into Art Show.
BETH JONES IS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NORTH AUGUSTA ARTISTS GUILD.