Author: James Deak

James Deak

James Deak is an Indiana native and Notre Dame football fan who moved to Arizona about six years ago. He fell in love with Arizona on his first visit and decided to make it home. He has become an ASU Sun Devil fan as well. His creative personality which developed as early as childhood, is expressed in many ways, including through drawing and photography. Most of his photographic work is on Instagram: @jamesdphoenix. James is also an expert movie buff, he specializes in reciting movie quotes. He also is a proud owner of an energetic German Shepherd named Ava, who accompanies him along with his girlfriend to his many photo shoots and hiking shenanigans. His favorite place to escape to is amid the red rocks of Sedona. When he is not at work, he is avidly trying to find ways to discover more of what Arizona has to offer, trying to capture his views through the lens. 


Springtime in Downtown

March 26, 2017 | By

Neon pink and blue light up the buildings and streets in downtown Phoenix as the mild weather of winter morphs into the heat of Arizona’s “spring.”

Catch the Midnight Train

March 19, 2017 | By

It doesn’t matter if you’re a small town girl or a city boy, the appeal of a midnight train ride is universal with the excitement of a new destination.

Downtown Art with an Edge

March 12, 2017 | By

Whether it’s welding to create a unique piece or surrendering to a tattoo needle, artists in downtown know that sometimes, art has to have an edge.

A Look at Arizona Matsuri 2017

March 5, 2017 | By

People from all over the Valley spent Feb. 25 & 26 celebrating Japanese culture at the 33rd annual Arizona Matsuri at Heritage & Science Park.

Desert Tones in Downtown

February 26, 2017 | By

Desert tones like terra cotta and turquoise abound in Phoenix’s urban core.

Under a Blanket of Clouds

February 20, 2017 | By

Overcast skies create a cozy blanket of clouds over downtown Phoenix.

The Golden Hour

February 12, 2017 | By

A sunset casts a warm glow over downtown Phoenix on a cool winter day.

Downtown Phoenix Illuminated

February 6, 2017 | By

Night-owls see downtown Phoenix illuminated in a broad spectrum of colors and light.

Phoenix Reflections

January 29, 2017 | By

Downtown Phoenix reflections glimmer after a desert storm. See it through the lens of local photographer James Deak.

Phoenix City Lights

January 22, 2017 | By

Downtown Phoenix lights up after dark. See it through the lens of local photographer James Deak.