Meet David Barthel

David Barthel has been photographing the natural world for over fifteen years. He is known for his large-scale fine art photography of the western Lake Superior region and also holds a passion for exploring and photographing the vast and rugged landscapes of the American West. Prior to transitioning to a full-time artist seven years ago, David worked in Pequot Lakes as a radio frequency (RF) engineer with Landis+Gyr (formerly Hunt Technologies) for a few years after earning his degree in electrical engineering.

While out in the field, David seeks out the singular elements in nature that define his work, whether it be the delicate light of a golden sunrise over Lake Superior or the natural curves formed by stones and the movement of water. David personally performs nearly every aspect of the creative process, from composing and clicking the shutter to custom framing the final piece in his home studio in Sauk Rapids, MN.

David’s photography is likely familiar to anyone who has attended the Northwoods Art Festival in recent years. The festival is one of only a few events that he has exhibited his work at every year since he began doing festivals in 2011.

“I enjoy being a part of the Northwoods Art Festival each year due to its commitment to presenting quality artwork to buyers who value handmade, one-of-a-kind work. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artist in a more relaxed atmosphere as compared with going to a museum or gallery.”