Local wildlife photographer, Dan Elster, opens his new show The Trickster at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center during the First Friday Art Walk, February 2nd.
Born in Chicago, he was the manager of his brother’s food distribution business on the west side. Several years ago, Dan and his wife Patty took a leap of faith – they quit their jobs, sold their home and hit the road. Patty took a job as a travel nurse, while Dan pursued a dream career in wildlife photography.
Dan’s subjects are completely wild (no captive or “staged” shots) and it’s important to him that people know that. There is something different about wild creatures, you can see it in their eyes. – to them, every day is a struggle, just to survive.
Despite every effort by man to eradicate them from the western United States, coyote populations have grown substantially in the last 100 years. Their range has expanded eastward too. Coyotes are tough, smart, resilient survivors … and they’re beautiful too.