Although I lived in the darkroom as a kid, life got in the way of photography for many years until a health problem caused me to evaluate how I spend my limited time on earth. I seriously began photographing again in 2000.

Being in the wild and photographing helps me find peace and solitude and is my spiritual time.  Growing up around the Great Lakes I’ve always been attracted to water and big skies. I now live within a few hours of the greatest of the lakes, Lake Superior, which is a constant inspiration.

Like many photographers of the natural world, I photograph at the boundaries of the day.  It’s those times of day when the light and atmospheric conditions are changing and the scene becomes transcendent. Literal and metaphorical “boundaries” are the basis for much of my work,  I’m drawn to the boundaries of space, time and being.

I consider myself a printer, in addition to a photographer.  Although I embrace new digital technologies my heart is with traditional 100+ year old handmade wet processes such as Platinum, Palladium and Gum Dichromate. The broad and rich tonal range of the platinum process creates a unique beauty. Platinum prints are renowned for their luminous mid-tone grays, as well as their rich shadows and delicate whites. The platinum metals (platinum and palladium) are very stable, and platinum prints are perhaps the most archival process in photography. Additional information can be found on my Prints page.


Photographic Thinking – Instructors and Assistants Group Show,  May 14th though July 1st 2012, Ansel Adams Gallery,  Yosemite National Park.


Minnesota State Arts Board Grant Recipient.

Artist in Residence Feburary 2009, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Selected Solo Exhibits

Fragments of Ireland, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland, June 3rd – July 4th 2010.

Fragments of Eire, Photographs from Ireland. November 7th – December 31st, ICEBOX Gallery

Boundaries Light and Land, Black and White Photographs by David J. Eisenlord, ICEBOX Gallery



Northern Shore, second in the 11+1 Signature Series, North Light Press, 2011

Selected Group Exhibits

Landscape, unfeigned or illusory, Minneapolis Photo Center, Juror Todd Brandow.
Alternatives – Uncommon and Unconventional Processes, Minneapolis Photo Center, Juror Keith Taylor

Highway 12 Show, ICEBOX Gallery, Minneapolis MN

Landscape Other, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco CA
20-20 Vision, ICEBOX 20th Anniversary Show, ICEBOX Gallery, Minneapolis MN.

The Northern Landscape, Hopkins Center For the Arts, Hopkins MN

New Photography, A juried large scale photo exhibit, ICEBOX Gallery.



Gum over Platinum Printing, Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshops, assisting Kerik Kouklis

Digital Negatives and Gum over Platinum with Kerik Kouklis, at Bill Schwab’s Photostock 2009.

Platinum Printing, Crawford School of Art and Design, Cork City, Ireland
Gum over Platinum Printing, Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshops, assisting Kerik Kouklis
Gum over Platinum Printing, Photographers Formulary Workshops, assisting Kerik Kouklis