Joye Ardyn Durham is an award winning photographer who has been involved in photography for over 45 years (that's Joye at age 5 in the photo at the top of the page with her first camera) and is owner of the Gingko Tree Gallery in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Her images are used worldwide in an abundance of uses including magazines, billboards, post cards, brochures and more. She photographs nature, wildlife, landscapes, and art as well as portraits, dogs, and family events. She has been published in WNC Magazine, Our State Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Views Magazine, The Laurel of Asheville, Black Mountain News and other publications in North Carolina and around the states.
She has done work for Paramount Pictures, including the movie “28 Days” and the television show “Ed”, along with both Kentucky and North Carolina State Park systems. Joye is an active member in Carolina Nature Photographers Association, Professional Photographers of American, Nikon Professional Services and National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Joye's images are used extensively in Lensbaby, LLC. publications and she is also involved in photography book reviews through Focal Press.
“Photography is my passion. It is that thing. You know, that thing you do that takes you away from every other thing. When I am out shooting, whether it be a sunrise, a newborn baby, or a family gathering, I lose all sense of past and future. I am there in the moment. Completely present. All for the art of it!
When you are a photographer, you are also a weather person. You watch the weather conditions as if they were an old friend coming to visit. You have to prepare and get ready. You make sure your equipment is ready. You get up at 3:30-4:00 in the morning. You travel, sometimes 3-4 hours to that special destination. All the while, getting excited about what you will see.
And then it happens, the sun comes up, shining the light on the earth and waking up the day. There it is, the Light. The Light that carries with it new opportunities to create. Without the Light there would be no creation. And creating art is what fills my soul.”