Kevin Davis's misguided youth

I'm an award-winning creative and editorial photographer based in the Washington, DC area.

I've been an image maker since 1991, when my father gifted me his SLR camera, a beautiful manual Nikon, on the eve of my first overseas trip to Egypt. I learned exposure and focus on a TWA flight over the Atlantic, pouring over the well-written Nikon guide by the dim overhead in the dark airline cabin. In the bright light of the Sahara I made my first real exposures and waited with bated breath, drinking espresso and smoking Cleopatras outside of the kiosk as the rolls were processed.

And just like that, I was hooked.