Douglas R. Clifford - Photographer


During my childhood my parents had curated a couple hundred issues of National Geographic magazine, which I remember studying for hours, for years, while growing up in St. Louis, Missouri. I was inspired by the vivid stories of people from every corner of the world. It was a natural evolution that I ended up studying photojournalism at the University of Florida. I joined Times Publishing Company in 1998, and began documenting storytelling moments for our daily reports – spot news, features, sports, portraiture, food, fashion, etc. My secret (to success): stay focused on the most storytelling elements while remaining open to the unexpected. Photojournalism can also be creative, and I believe it’s my passion to create, along with my personality - adventurous, intense, tenacious, compassionate, confident, patient, curious, evolving - that inspires me to get up each day and do it all over again.

  1. Rev. James Rousakis, with the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, distributes incense while blessing loaves of bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy at Saint Michael's Shrine during the feast day celebration on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022, in Tarpon Springs.
  2. Recently poured concrete forms the shape for the North Bluff Walk, in foreground, as seen from the third floor of the Clearwater Main Library on Monday, Nov 7, 2022, which will provide access to Imagine Clearwater’s new 4,000-seat covered bandshell, in background, at Coachman Park.
  3. Friends dance to music while waiting out a rain delay after thunderstorms delayed the game between Zephyrhills and IMG Academy for over an hour on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 in Zephyrhills.
  4. Anthony Prado, left, Bryan Bartlett and Angel Menendez, with the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team, work together Oct. 5 to search for people in an area of homes damaged by Hurricane Ian.

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