Doug’s recent interview by Maui News

Lens a catalyst for environmental causes

WITH EVERY IMAGE, ISLE PHOTOGRAPHER SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS ABOUT LOCAL AND GLOBAL EFFORTS

June 2, 2011
The Maui News
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KIHEI – Local photographer Douglas J. Hoffman uses his lens as a language. His underwater photographs, many of which are taken in waters off Hawaii, have been picked up by international organizations to aid environmental activism, thus helping causes where Hoffman can use his creativity to communicate.

“My pictures speak so I don’t have to,” Hoffman said. “Important environmental concepts are being addressed that I could never put to words. They have experts who write compelling reasons, and my images drive the message home. I hope my photographs evoke an emotional response.”

In April, Hoffman’s shark photographs were used by two Humane Society International projects to help end shark finning in China. His photos reached thousands via large displays, brochures and Internet. While shark fin soup is a traditional Asian delicacy, HIS’s global campaign aims to draw global attention to shark finning and its impact on shark populations and the ocean’s delicate ecosystem.

Hoffman’s images have also been used in international campaigns to protect whales, dolphins, turtles and other marine life. He also created Art for Conservation, where 50 percent of the net proceeds from his limited-edition portraits go to nonprofit organizations such as The Whale Dolphin Conservation Society, the Pacific Whale Foundation and the Japanese Red Cross. Each of which are “dedicated to protecting whales and our marine environment,” according to Hoffman.

“I love our ocean and our planet,” Hoffman said. “We all have a responsibility to do what we can. Maybe this is my way to give back and to preserve the Earth for my kids and for their kids.”

Hoffman’s underwater photography has received numerous awards and his work was recently added to Lahaina Artist Emporium at 700 Front St. Known for underwater photography of whales, sharks, turtles and coral reefs, Hoffman’s collection includes new pieces that capture local scenes – the old church past the Kaupo store on the backside of Hana, a waterfall along the road to Hana, sunset from Makena and the bamboo forest in Huelo, among others. His portraits are printed on aluminum and canvas.

The artist, who lives with his two daughters and wife, Mieko, in Kihei, said that global issues have local impact, and that each individual can bring about change.

“We have to think not only about here at home, but also globally,” Hoffman said. “In Hawaii, we are a combination of every race on earth. If we all make an effort, we can all make a difference.”

For more information, www.douglasjhoffman.com.

- Kehaulani Cerizo

 

Honua Kai Exhibition

We would like to invite everyone to a fine art photography exhibit at the Honua Kai Resort and Spa in Kaanapali Maui March 17-27. The hours are 5-9 PM daily. Mieko will be introducing her latest art piece Prayer for Whales and Douglas will be introducing a his latest island scenic, turtle, shark, sunset, waterfall, and whale portraits on canvas and aluminum.

Doug will also be showing for the first time a limited edition portfolio on Aluminum.  Ten portraits have been selected to be part of the collection.  Each portrait will be printed on Aluminum and be 12 x 18 in size.  The portfolio comes in aluminum case.  Only 49 portfolios will be made.

As a result of the tragedy in Japan, Douglas and Mieko decided to add the Japanese Red Cross to their Art for Conservation Program. It enables people around the world to purchase art and help raise money for marine conservation and education. Now, it will include tsunami relief.  When someone purchases a piece of art we will ask them if they want their donation to go to whale preservation, education, or the Japanese Red Cross.  The portrait is 27 x 40 in size and costs $950.  The amount donated is $350.

Happy Life

Tribute to the Whales

Douglas & Mieko Hoffman both had pieces included in the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Tribute to the Whale.

The show opens this Friday at the Maui Mall.  There is a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 that includes on-stage tributes to the whales, free music and dancing. Please come and enjoy the music, art, poetry, stories, video and photos about humpback whales experiences.

Douglas win Eastman Kodak Gallery Award

This year the the Professional Photographers of Hawaii were invited to join the Professional Photographers of  Oklahoma State Competition.  From the competitions Douglas Hoffman’s Poetry in Motion received the prestigious Eastman Kodak Gallery Award.  His piece will be formally exhibited at the 2011 IMAGING USA Convention in San Antonio, Texas in January.   If you are interested in purchasing a print of “Poetry in Motion” give us a call 808-879-0260 or email dhimages@maui.net. More of Douglas’s work can be seen at DouglasJHoffman.com

Mieko wins Kodak Gallery Award

This year the the Professional Photographers of Hawaii were invited to join the Professional Photographers of  Oklahoma State Competition.  From the competitions Mieko Hoffman’s Turkey Fish received the prestigious Eastman Kodak Gallery Award.  Her piece will be formally exhibited at the 2011 IMAGING USA Convention in San Antonio, Texas in January.   If you are interested in purchasing a print of “Turkey Fish” give us a call 808-879-0260 or email msw@maui.net. More of Mieko’s work can be seen at MiekoHoffman.com

Whale and Dolphin Magazine

Today we received the Autumn 2010 issue of Whale & Dolphin Magazine and saw the publisher included a double page spread in the center of the magazine with one of Doug’s Humpback Whale photographs.  The article follows up the summer issue, where his image was featured on the cover.  The article talked about Doug’s Art for Conservation program.  With this program he donates 50% of the profits from the sale of his art to the non-profit of your choice. Check out his website for more information.

1 Away from my Masters!

Since becoming a member of the Professional Photographers of America I have made a goal to earn the coveted degree of Master of Photography.   This year I took another step and am very close to reaching my goal. The PPA has annual print competitions in which prints thats score well earn merits that go towards advanced degrees. In the recent competition, two images did quite well.  As a result I am now only one merit away.  Perhaps 2011 will be my year.

Other images that merited can be seen through my website. I have whales, turtles, marine, scenic and much more.