Photograph by John Hesselbarth
Donal’s imagery and captions probe his audience to think deeper about the world and to consider the connections we all share. He’s deeply passionate about wildlife conservation and much of his work focuses on promoting projects involved with protecting fragile ecosystems around the world.
Donal Boyd was born and raised in Boston, MA, USA, but is currently based in the Southern Highland mountains of Iceland. In early 2016 Donal quit his job as a Chemical Engineer in Boston, MA, USA and moved to Iceland to pursue his passion for photography full-time. Previously, he was practicing photography professionally on the side, but wasn’t ready to go full-time until he visited Iceland for the first time back in June of 2015. During this first trip, Donal was completely awestruck by the intensity of the landscape and forever changing climate. He felt such a strong connection to the nature that he became totally consumed by it and on that initial adventure, decided he couldn’t live anywhere else in the world.
Since he’s settled in Iceland, Donal has spent countless hours exploring the country in his Land Rover Defender with friends and feels most alive when traversing the rugged interior Highlands. His favorite activities involve traversing rivers in his Landy, exploring glaciers with his drone, and eating lamb soup. Donal’s photographic work has now expanded outside of Iceland and mainly focuses on wildlife and nature conservation worldwide.
Donal also works with several Icelandic companies by providing photography and video media for use in various advertising platforms.
Rucksack Magazine – “Donal Boyd is quite simply a sensational travel and adventure photographer. His breath-taking images from around the globe have gained a huge following on Instagram and he is quickly becoming one of the most influential travel and landscape photographers on social media.”
The Hum – “The most important expectations for life are your own…”
WOW Air Magazine – “Finding the Right Exposure”
Whalebone Magazine – The Wilderness Issue Feature (in print)
Hálendið – Central Highlands National Park – Iceland
Hálendið – a critical movement aimed at preserving the delicate balance of nature in the Central Highlands of Iceland.
A proposed Highland National Park to guarantee preservation of the immense and delicate nature within Icelands Central Highlands region.
Please show your support for protecting a landscape that is dear to my heart and millions of others who have been moved by its beauty.
Visit the link here to sign the petition for the formation of a National Park in the Central Highlands of Iceland and to learn more about the project.
Mission Blue – an organization with the goal of protecting 20% of the worlds oceans by 2020. With less than four percent of the ocean currently protected in any way, support for this program is more crucial now than it’s ever been!