Jonathen E. Davis began his seven-year stint in the Navy as a mass communication specialist. The job leveraged the photography he’d learned in high school and taught him a new skill, videography. Gradually, he built a strong portfolio that helped him land a position with a Combat Camera unit, an elite group of military journalists. As a combat cameraman, Davis accompanied Army Rangers, Navy SEALs and other special forces to document a variety of military operations around the world. He covered disasters such as the Haiti earthquake and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, both of which occurred in 2010.
Davis was the first photographer to find oil on land after the BP disaster, a discovery that became a big national news story. His photos of the spill appeared in major publications such as The New York Times and National Geographic. Davis’ videos and pictures were also featured on Fox News and NBC.
After leaving the Navy, he missed the fast pace and camaraderie of being a combat cameraman.