Davin Lavikka is a photographer and artist in Scottsdale Arizona. Photography is his primary tool and has been for the last fifteen years. He is known for his architectural and commercial work but has become known for his fine art photography first. He is influenced by early masters like W. Eugene Smith, Diane Arbus, Walker Evens, Ansel Adams, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Horst P. Horst, Ernst Haas, Herbert Bayer and Edward Weston.
This is a real boat – in a real pool. No photoshop here. It is from a commercial assignment that Davin was commissioned to shoot.
He has had a few different careers in design that molded him into the person he is today. The path to where he’s at now started with a love for architecture and a talent for drawing early on. This led him into advanced architectural drawing programs in high school and some part time work inking drawings for local architects along with learning how the business worked. The inside knowledge steered him away from architecture and pushed him towards a college fine arts program. He then began showing his work in galleries while still school and sold quite a lot of work. Three years into college he married and started a family bringing school to a halt.
Throughout Davin’s youth he worked part time as both a general mechanic and as a certified automotive technician. This led him to a technical job working for a large company in the microprocessor industry for six years. Davin was an engineering assistant and that entailed building prototype robotics and further improving those designs. The management discovered he had technical illustration skills and promoted him. His duties included technical drawing, 3d modeling, photographing assembly steps, advertising photography, technical writing and converting the manuals he created into web documents. Davin left the company for a carrier in graphic design after seeing 13 layoffs.
He moved on and went to work for a local design firm that entailed: photography, layout, design, proofing, printing and web development. This job was a great learning experience because it covered all elements of design. His primary job was later defined as photography and web design. He still has this design firm as a client today. “I have been on my own for the last nine years and I really feel that photography is my calling but design is every where”. He is a rolling studio with photography equipment for every need. Davin’s work can be found in galleries, ads, magazines and websites. He also owns Method gallery, a premier photography and art gallery in Phoenix. “I am constantly evolving, learning and happy with what I do”.
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