For 35 years I’ve been a cardiac surgeon with a passion for photography. My love of photography spans more than 50 years when as a child my father, a country general practitioner, and I built a darkroom - And the rest is history.
During my college years photojournalism for newspapers in Virginia served as my creative outlet. I even worked briefly for the Dupont Company where I had the opportunity to work with and learned to print color from some fantastic and competitive photographers. There I learned fine art salon printing.
As I went on to attend medical school at the University of Virginia and in the years after, when I was in residency at Duke University, my opportunities to enjoy photography became limited. The renaissance occurred with a photo trek to Tibet in 1999. From that time forward as I traveled the world speaking on robotic cardiac surgery, I began to take "photo day" side trips. My love of this amazing art reemerged. It was then that I sought out George deWolfe, an internationally known fine art photographer, who taught me to print my work digitally.
My wife, Tammy, and I have a love for travel and have immensely enjoyed our trips to Africa, where I capture the wonderful people and the wildlife through photography. I hope this portfolio offers you the opportunity to see the world from the point of my camera lens or if you have been to one of the locations before I hope it brings you fond memories. I am just starting to build this portfolio so I hope you will check back often to see what is new.
W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr. M.D.
Fine Art, Nature/Wildlife and Landscape Photographer
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