About the Photographer
After high school, stuffed with classes steering him toward a math or science career, John moved to the beach and surfed for the better part of a dozen years, starting and finishing college between travels up and down the coast tracking waves. He put himself through school working in surf shops. After college, working as a teacher, John decided he needed more college and a high school teaching job and returned to school. A vacation to the Pacific Northwest and a loaned camera caused a radical rethinking of what he had been doing with school, with life. He had been working in art, he had been doing photography, but on this trip the camera allowed him to see in a fresh new way, to surrender to the world's illusion in a different way, and he liked that silver image.
Returning to school John concentrated on photo classes. At about this same time he began doing freelance work shooting for designers and fine artists in the beach and Santa Monica area, shooting commercial work and artists portfolios. John did a series of gum bichromates that were shown in gallery and university shows, but he was more interested in a developing series of black and white work based on vision rather than process. John's early heroes were in the work of R. Frank, W. Evans, Kertesz, and Lee Friedlander. After years of working in corporate, portrait and landscape photography he added Edgerton, Meatyard and Siskind to that list.
During this same period, some time ago, John began a constant dialogue with himself about vision and seeing. What of ultra short or very long exposures, producing images that had been inaccessible in human vision? Images and techniques that stretch or shrink perception, images that let in the wind and movement and images that keep the light measured in thousandths of a second, freezing the world. It is to this thought that he began customizing cameras to fit his changing vision.
These images reflect a continued evolving vision.
About the Photographs
Newness, new projects, lots of energy, gusto.
The Hoods is the newest stuff, out of the blocks with a roar, what fun, old cars, old ornaments with designs from the 30's on, and when you talk to the owners they always have a great story to tell that involves world history, love, peace, war, really big stuff, all in a small chrome piece placed high on the hood.
The newest flora stuff is the combination of a new camera, a Speed Graphic from the 30's and a lens that has a shutter that quit sometime during the Korean War and now just functions as a placeholder for the lens.
Very short depth of field, the same distances, which is too close for comfort and so a different view done in color.
Rat Rods is a series of individual photos in search of a buddy, they get lonely on the internet and like to hang together. Roundshot segmented photos in sometimes unlikely pairs and trios.
Spring is almost here in SoCal and so the local garages are humming at night with folks working on their car projects. There will be more cars on the road, more photos taken and more for you to look at soon.
The San Miguel photographs, again ranging from roundboys to pinhole to film to digital, all the images are of the Mission and it's grounds.
A great place to visit, quiet, peaceful, really nice people, and the coffee's not bad at Linda's Country Diner just down the street.
The visit and photos were part of an Al Weber workshop, again, great fun, well organized and incredible people with cameras.
The Death Valley and Highway 395 is a folio with images in color and black and white.
The colors range from snapshots to real panoramics on film and the black and white are from an old Rollei with outdated film, mostly shot in the off the beaten path towns of Darwin and Keeler.
Italia 2008 is panoramics and roundshot 360 views, a different view of some great places in Italy.
The Infrared series are from the Bishop and Big Pine area of California, oh, Catalina Island also, the palms especially.
I'll continue with more recent color and black and white and I hope you'll find me and check in from time to time.
I guarantee there will be new stuff. Often too.
So have a look, come back often, tell your friends and please leave a comment, email a question and please leave a link with the place for me to look at your photographs.