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Derek grew up in New York, while spending part of his summers in Maine, where he developed an appreciation for its wild landscape and natural beauty. Moving from a metropolitan area to the wide-open spaces of Maine felt like an escape to an earlier time when life was simpler, he says. The air seemed pure and the dark night skies were both quiet and alive. After graduating from the University of New England in Biddeford, Derek started his photojournalism career at a newspaper in White Plains, NY. In 2004, he moved to Scarborough and joined the staff at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He lives with his wife and three children in Scarborough. His favorite assignments are photographing the outdoors of Maine, especially along the coast, and covering local sporting events.

  • Published
    September 10, 2023

    Porchfest fills Portland’s Deering Center neighborhood with music

    Photos by staff photographer Derek Davis.

  • Published
    August 18, 2023

    Check out all the photos of Maine’s team at the Little League World Series

    Photos by staff photographer Derek Davis.

  • Published
    August 6, 2023

    In photos: A gloomy start, then glory in our photo gallery of summer 2023

    June was gloomy and gray, with almost daily rain. July was warmer, with wet weekends and high humidity – not the perfect New England weather we dream about all year. But the sun showed its lovely face as August arrived, and the glorious days of summer began again.

  • Published
    June 20, 2023

    In photos: See the action from Tuesday’s high school baseball and softball state championships

    Check out some of our favorite images from Tuesday’s high school Class A, C and D baseball and softball state championships.

  • Published
    June 14, 2023

    In photos: See the action from some of Wednesday’s high school playoff games

    Check out some of our favorite images from Wednesday’s high school baseball and softball playoff games.

  • Published
    June 12, 2023

    In photos: Spring is in the air

    For gardeners, it’s tilling the ground anew. For beachgoers, it’s the first bracing dip of the year. For anglers, it’s the first bite from a striper along Maine’s warming coast. And for the Press Herald’s photographers, it’s a little of everything as they capture spring across southern Maine.

  • Published
    May 27, 2023

    In photos: View some of the best images from ‘Long Way Home’

    In ‘Long Way Home,’ Press Herald reporters and photographers told the story of the large influx of asylum seekers arriving in Maine in recent years, fleeing their homelands and embarking on dangerous journeys to make a new life in Maine.

  • Published
    May 15, 2023

    In photos: Seeing blue

    Blue skies were smiling and bluebirds were singing for Irving Berlin, but blue is actually nature’s rarest color. Blue flowers are less than 10% of the world’s 300,000 flowering plant species. Even some of the few animals and plants that look blue don’t actually contain the color. Blue jays and Morpho butterflies, for example, have developed unique features that distort the reflection of light to appear blue.
    Humanity has been obsessed with blue for thousands of years, from ancient Egypt when blue, the color of the heavens, was used in temples, ceramics and statues and to decorate the tombs of the pharaohs. In Medieval Europe, ultramarine blue was highly sought after among artists but was as precious as gold. Johanns Vermeer, who painted ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring,’ loved the color so much that he pushed his family into debt to purchase the paint color. Art historians believe Michelangelo left his painting ‘The Entombment’ unfinished because he couldn’t afford to buy more ultramarine blue.
    In 2009, Mas Subramanian and his then-graduate student Andrew Smith discovered a new blue pigment, YlnMn Blue, by accident, the first blue pigment discovered in more than 200 years. He had published hundreds of scientific articles and applied for dozens of patents, but it was his accidental discovery of a new vivid blue that excited the popular imagination and resulted in everything from a new Crayola crayon to a music festival in Atlanta.

  • Published
    March 20, 2023

    In photos: The Baxter Seagulls basketball team takes to the court

    The Seagulls represent the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. For the first time in years, the organization fielded a middle school basketball team.

  • Published
    March 8, 2023

    In photos: See the action from Wednesday’s high school postseason games

    Check out some of our favorite images from Wednesday’s high school hockey semifinal games.