Dwain A. Vaughns, II

I am a native of Georgia.  Born in Jonesboro, I have grown up most of my life under and above the pines.  At 8 years old I took my first flight lesson, and from that moment I knew what I was going to do the rest of my life.  I did become an airline pilot, but life had a different plan than forever.  I suffered an injury that led to a diagnosis of a chronic pain condition, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).  While at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta I started birding as a form of recreational therapy.  It was in the moments of silence and stillness, clearing out all of the other stuff around me, and being very present with nature, I found myself healing. 


Flying fascinated me, but my surroundings always drew my attention.  Nature, landscape, everything takes on a completely different perspective from 35,000 feet. Enamored with the capabilities of the birds to heal, and the obvious fact they were the blueprint to every plane I had ever flown, I began photographing them and their surroundings.  Photographing nature has become a new part of my being.  I want to shoot that frame that slows it all down.  Full of action, but in the moment.  That moment is where I now live my life.  Capturing everything around me with a completely new perspective. Trading in my wings for wings.

Exhibitions & Events

GTRA 2022 Conference - Keynote Speaker

Georgia Theraputic Recreation Association

Berry College

2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW

Mt Berry, GA 30149

December 2, 2022

Registration Required

The Hudgens 12th Annual Member Show (Juried)

The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning

6400 Sugarloaf Parkway Building 300

Duluth, GA 30097

On Display - When We Slow Down


November 12, 2022 - January 14, 2023

Open House November 12, 2022 1:00

Guest Artist and Speaker 

Trellis  Horticultural Therapy Alliance

980 Briarcliff Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30306

Private Event

Natural Expressions (Juried)

Alpharetta Art Center

238 Canton Street

Alpharetta, GA 30009

On Display - Be Scene - Honorable Mention


7th Annual Photography Exhibit (Juried)

Suwanee Art Center and Gallery

3930 Charleston Market Street, B6
Suwanee, Georgia 30024​


September 20 - November 6 2022


Amongst The Pines (Solo Exhibition)

Slow Pour Brewing Company

407 N. Clayton Street
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046​


Timeline (Solo Exhibition)                    

The City Gallery at The Local

5010 W Broad St
Sugar Hill, GA  30518
Gwinnett County, USA

May 10 - June 23, 2022

Georgia On My Mind (Juried)                     

The Chattahoochee Nature Center

March 11 - May 31 2022

Stand In Ansel Adams Footsteps (Juried)                       

The Hudgens Center for Arts & Learning

On Display - Rabia Lynne - 3rd Place

                          Aryel June - 2nd 

                          Layla Alexandra - 3rd Place

                          Big Al

February 19 - April 30 2022



    Member, Founding Circle


Georgia Nature Photography Association


    Conservation Photography Committee

Sugar Hill Arts Commission

    Member, Artist

Suwanee Art Center

    Member, Artist


Canon R5

Canon RF 100-500 with 2X Extender

Canon RF 28-70mm

Canon RF 15-35mm

Canon RF 100mm

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