First of all, thank you for taking the time to view my content and visiting my website. My name is Diego McCartney. I'm a landscape photographer and musician based in Austin, Texas. Austin has been my home since 2003, but quite honestly these days home is wherever I find myself on location exploring and searching for my next composition in the great outdoors. Since my earliest memories, I've loved spending my time exploring nature. Music is another love of mine. Between photography and music is how I spend most of my time these days. As I dive further into photography and continue to explore beautiful places around the world. I look forward to sharing more images, video, and stories. I also hope to produce more music content in the upcoming months. Stay tuned and thank you for visiting!
I began my journey and career as a landscape photographer through a variety of circumstances. I was working a “normal” 9 to 5 job, and I began to have a strong desire to travel more and explore the world. I realized that nothing had ever made me feel truly happy like being out in nature. No consumption ever of a physical product had done this for me. I was fortunate enough to have the kind of freedom in my job that allowed me to take frequent trips to various destinations and National Parks in the United States. I quickly realized that I didn’t necessarily need to fly to Switzerland or Ireland to see amazing landscapes. The U.S alone has so many amazing locations. I began to share my experiences and photography on social media, and I loved being able to connect and interact with other people who loved nature and photography just as much as I did. So before I knew it, landscape photography had become a huge part of my life. Fast track to today, and landscape photography is now what I call my “job” as well. I’m incredibly grateful for this, and I absolutely love every second of it. The combination of traveling, being out in nature, searching for a composition, and sharing my final result with people is why I love landscape photography. In October of 2017, I launched my YouTube Channel where I share my travels and photography journey.
My love for the arts doesn’t stop with photography. Music is another passion and love of mine. My main inspiration for music comes from my love and obsession with The Beatles. I still remember the moment I listened to SGT Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band for the very first time. It changed my life forever. If only I could make something one day half as good as any of the songs on that record. I draw most of my musical influences from the 50’s and 60’s. Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Pink Floyd, and the list goes on and on. I also enjoy listening to some newer indie bands as well. I mainly song write and play guitar. A bit of piano and drums here and there. With Austin, Texas being the music capitol of the world, I've had the opportunity to play live in many fantastic venues around Austin. Up to this point, the music I’ve recorded has all been done on my own. I recently completed the construction of my home studio, and so I hope to share some new music soon. Stay tuned.