About Jaymes Dempsey
My journey in nature photography began a nearly a decade ago, on a busy summer day in Cape May, New Jersey. I had always been a fan of birds, and I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be cool if could get images of the gulls?” So I picked up a cheap point-and-shoot camera that had been lying around in my room, set off for the beach, and then--beneath the August sun, above the gritty summer sands--a photographer was born! A very bad photographer, that is. Whose images were quite distinctive, in that they all contained a white background, and a tiny dot, or (if you looked really closely) a bird.
Anyways, since that fateful Cape May afternoon, I have struggled to correct my original mistakes, and made a few hundred more along the way. Somewhere in the intervening years, I expanded from bird photography into flora photography, which eventually became my primary interest (though I still shoot birds whenever I can). For me, photography isn’t just a form of artistic expression; it’s also a way of getting out and appreciating nature, and this website documents that appreciation.
I’m currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I’m lucky enough to have a great set of parks, even if they are hidden within a somewhat urban world. When I’m not behind the lens of a camera, you can find me reading, writing, and singing (often all at the same time).