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Donald Whitely Artist



I am a resident of the Village of Tarrytown, New York. My love for photography began when I was in grade school, but blossomed when I took my first photo class at the Westchester Center for the Arts in White Plains about fourteen years ago.  Since then, I have taken both color, and black and white photo courses offered at the center.  These courses taught me how to develop my own negatives and transform them in to prints.  About ten years ago I bought my first digital camera, a Canon XT, and recently bought the more advanced Canon 70D.  My general rule is to never leave home without the camera, because you never know what you may come across as the perfect shot. I also travel with my film camera when I want to shoot black and white photos. Developing film is an amazing process, as you see your thoughts and images appear right before your eyes. I use the Pentax K1000, which is widely used by many photographers who shoot street photography in black and white. I am so inspired to learn as much as I can about photography for years to come.


As an Admissions Counselor and Associate Professor at Westchester Community College, I‘ve had the opportunity to exhibit my work during the college’s Black History Month and Cultural Awareness Week.  In addition, I have exhibited at the AC-BAW Gallery in Mount Vernon; DeWindt Gallery in Shrub Oak, NY; and at the opening ceremony of the Harlem Fine Arts Festival. I am currently exhibiting my work at the Warner Library in Tarrytown and the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY.    


Last year, the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY invited me and other talented photographers to exhibit photographs that focused on the theme “A Moment in Time.” My exhibit included both black and white and color prints. I particularly enjoy photographing people, particularly young people, simply because they love being in front of the camera.


My travels have also helped me explore different cultures in which people live throughout the world.  I have had the opportunity to travel to several interesting and photographic places such as South Korea; Montreal and Toronto, Canada: Ghana  and Senegal, West Africa: London, England; Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; Hawaii and Alaska. All are ideal locations for any photographer amateur or professional.

Donald H. Whitely