Posted on 12/22/2020

Local Art Receives National Attention

With the conclusion of 2020 drawing near, many of us are taking time to reflect on the unique 12 months we've faced. Every year TIME magazine does a wrap up featuring the most compelling images that illustrate the years events. Among some of the events of this year was the most active hurricane season in recorded history.

Daniel Pullen, an excellent local photographer, made his name known by capturing images of these hurricanes. As if his substantial social media following hasn't been enough, his work has been recognized on a much larger stage.

We are so proud of the longtime OBX native for making TIME Magazine's Top Photos of the year. He descends from a long line of lighthouse keepers and now his light is shining bright. What an honor to receive!

On September 22, 2020 Hatteras Island felt the impacts of Hurricane Teddy, and many areas were inundated with water. Ocean water filled neighborhoods as the hurricane swell breached our protective dunes.

Pullen is known for providing excellent coverage during hurricanes -- he is always eager to get in on the action. On this September day, he was in an oceanfront home as the tide crept in on the main floor.

It was in that moment that he truly captured one worth remembering. It's not just a photo, but a story. A story of the most active hurricane season in history and of the serenity of our beaches being met with the sheer power of Mother Nature.

Pullen's work is spotted throughout the OBX. Many use his prints for decor for their home, office, or business. He does commericial photography, portraits, weddings, workshops and more!

His website describes as follows: "Drawing from his intense passion for photography, Daniel's life + work is fueled by the pursuit of mastering the art of photographic storytelling. Daniel is a descendant of 9 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Keepers and grew up on Hatteras Island. Backed by a deep love of the ocean and surfing, he pursued a career as a surf artist and photographer in his teens. By his 20s Daniel had gained notoriety for his unique style: a marriage of fine art, surf, and documentary photography. In 2003 he founded Pullen Art & Photography, a business blending surf art & documentary photography with professional event and freelance photography. In 2014, he began teaching 1:1 and group photography workshops, and in 2018 he launched his first year-round workshop schedule. Daniel is a proponent of art education, and he regularly volunteers his time and expertise with local non-profit organizations. He was named 2018 Dare County Artist of the Year. "

We are so proud of all of our local artists. They all make the Top 100 in our book!

Congratulations, Daniel!

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