Bio for Dan Davis

Dan Davis is a Colorado native who grew up in Boulder, Colorado.  After graduating from the University of Southern California and spending two years in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, he returned to his roots and settled in the Vail Valley.  It was during this time that Dan became interested in ski photography.  After finding success in the pages of SkiSkiing and Powder Magazines, he decided to devote all his time to becoming a professional photographer.  Several years later Dan is living near Vail, Colorado and providing professional photographic services.  And staying close to his Peace Corps roots he is still finding time to volunteer in Africa.  Providing promotional media for various developmental organizations. 

What makes you passionate about helping Luhwawa Youth Development Foundation (Luyodefo)? 

What interests me about Luyodefo is that this organization is boldly taking on the challenges of health, education and community issues that directly affect the children and youth of Uganda. Luyodefo recognizes that combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic, providing clean drinking water and fostering community development creates a platform on which children can flourish and develop. 

The tragedy and hope is that these challenges are preventable.  Around 80% of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor drinking water. In Uganda, there are around 1.2 million adults living with HIV/AIDS.  These problems can be eliminated through education and modest infrastructure initiatives. 

I believe that Luyodefo provides underserved youth with the opportunity to achieve an education, a healthy existence and success.  

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?  

Change can only be facilitated through awareness. It is my goal to use my camera and lenses to provide images that will bring this awareness. To create images that spark human interest and action. To create images that inspire awareness into another culture or region which can facilitate change. The still image can transmit an entire gamut of emotion to the viewer at first glance. 
A valuable commodity in the modern and fast paced world full of sound bites and instant information.  

It is these visual storytelling skills that can provide the media assets to help to promote Luyodefo’s amazing work in Kasese, Uganda.  

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Whether during my Peace Corps experience, travelling abroad in developing countries or at home, the needs of children have always tugged at my heartstrings. I believe the underserved youth need to be given every advantage to achieve a life filled with love and success.  

I feel a strong need to once again volunteer my expertise and time to help promote positive change from a grassroots level.  

In addition to creating promotional media, I am looking forward to my interactions with the people of Kasese. The cultural exchange is the most magical part for me. To live in a different society and discover the special gifts that each side has to offer.