Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings meant as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey.
After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he worked for many years as a commercial photographer while pursuing his vision in fine art. Much of his art is supported by grants and commissions and has been widely exhibited and collected. Douglas' photos are featured in numerous magazines and published and exhibited internationally. His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s homeland. His most recent book Earth Meets Spirit; A Journey Through the Sacred Landscape was recently published by Five Continents Editions in Milan.
As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Beasley provides workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. He also photographs various fine-art based commercial assignments locally and throughout the world.
Douglas continues to explore the notion of what is sacred in his photography and in his life. He lives in a unique passive solar home surrounded by trees in Saint Paul, MN where, when not out traveling the world, he can be found tending his Japanese gardens or enjoying a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music.