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My passion for photography started during my college years where I was given an opportunity to photograph Martin Luther King for our college yearbook. In 1969 I opened a photo studio and gallery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. It was there where I explored the art of photo manipulations using the "old fashioned way” many years before PhotoShop.
I became interested in photography as a fine art in the early 1970s at a small photography center in Berwyn, PA, a western suburb of Philadelphia, run by photographers Steve Williams and Tom Davies. The center was called The Photography Place and offered a darkroom, bookshop, and a gallery/meeting space. They also offered weekend workshops with legends such as Paul Caponigro, Andre Kertesz, Arnold Newman, Gene Smith, and George Tice. There were gallery exhibits of the work of Ansel Adams, Minor White and other notables. I had the good fortune of participating in the workshops given by Caponigro, Kertesz, Newman, and Tice.
Currently, I enjoy creating photographs, digital images, and electronic music at my studio in New Hampshire. I share my life with my wife Bonney and “Toast” the cat.
Pet Peeve - Award Icons
Awards are icons that needlessly clutter up an artist's comment thread. They are loud, rude, and distracting. I am always very pleased when fellow artists take the time to comment, fave, or invite an image to a group but I've never understood the mentality behind awards.
Are we as artists supposed to be honored to receive an intrusive icon with canned hyperbolic praise? Perhaps there is a yearly awards ceremony to which we can look forward. Or do the heads of the groups disseminating these awards send us cash and prizes at some future date? I can't imagine any person with an ounce of creativity flowing through their veins who would treasure these senseless wastes of space.
Even more laughable are those award groups who demand that you award 2, 3, or more other images for every image you post. Some even claim to have "sweepers" that catch any violators of this sacred stipulation and remove their images from the group. This may serve as a deterrent to those who would indiscriminately post their mediocrity but at the same time encourages the mindless bestowing of awards.
End of rant.
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Powerful, absorbing, inspiring imagery where every 'picture' speaks tens of others within.
John is my mentor, through his words and his work. He has shown me how to see more of what's right in front of me.
John has a unique , joyous, and highly passionate approach to Photography. Viewing his Work will Re-Ignite your Inner Fire for Photography; like it was when you first experienced it....He is,quite simply, a True Master...
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