Don Mitchell Photography

I've been photographing the world around me for more than 50 years -- 65, if I count those small-kid times with a Brownie Hawkeye.


I was born in Hilo, Hawai'i, graduated from Hilo High, and then went on to college and graduate school on the mainland.


I was trained as an anthropologist, worked among the Nagovisi people of south-central Bougainville Island, and ended up teaching at a four-year state college in Buffalo, NY, where I stayed for more than 30 years before returning to Hilo, where I now live in the house I grew up in.


I make images, write fiction, and design books for a small publisher.


I work on the Big Island of Hawai'i, which is heavily-photographed. There are thousands and thousands of excellent photographs of all the standard scenes. The Big Island has absolutely first-rate volcano and lava photographers, bird photographers, surf photographers, landscape photographers, and underwater photographers.


I don't fall into any one of those categories. I look for the unusual or unexpected, sometimes at very small scales and sometimes at large ones. I use close-up lenses, super-wides, and long telephotos. I work in Hilo and its bay, on Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, and, very rarely, near molten lava.


Every day, I produce an image made in my yard on Wailuku Drive in Hilo's Pi'ihonua neighborhood.


Some of my images are for sale at Fine Arts America and, in Hilo, at the Surf Break Cafe on Haili St.


I can arrange to have any image you see at the Hilo Daily Image site or on this site printed for you. If you're interested in rights to use any images, contact me.


A skilled photographer can make wonderful images with any equipment. But if you're curious about what I use, click here.


You can reach me by using the contact information at Fine Arts America.


Mauna Kea Silversword Blossom and Insect, 2015