I began drawing at the age of four and I began to paint in my early teens, when I also began to take an interest in photography. I came late to Realism: chronologically I define myself first and foremost as someone who has always loved Abstractionism, Surrealism, and Dadaism, and those disciplines inform my photographs; I also have a never-ending love affair with color. The World is Color!

 

I have made independent study a focus for my entire life, but I've also had formal training in art: I studied art at Angelo State University as an art major pursuing teaching certification with the intention of becoming an art teacher at the university level.

 

I pursued my photographic education by graduating from the New York Institute of Photography (NYI) in New York City, and I have taken Nikon School workshops in NYC and PhotoPlus Expo workshops/seminars in NYC.

 

I am forever indebted to my wonderful instructor at NYI, Elinor Stecker-Orel, for enabling me to get the art out of the camera.

 

Galleries have represented me, and my work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows. My paintings and photographs are in collections throughout the United States and worldwide.

 

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My photos are my private property and are not for your use. I do prosecute copyright violations.

 

Copyright © notice: My photographs and videos and any of my derivative works are my private property and are copyright © by me, John Russell (aka "Zoom Lens") and ALL my rights, including my exclusive rights, are reserved and protected by United States Copyright Laws and by the Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention.

 

ANY use without my permission in writing is forbidden by law.

 

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  • JoinedJune 2009
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A skilled creator of photographic art! Illustrates an originality in his work with notable invoking interest.

September 22, 2019

Shortly after I started working at Flickr, John contacted me and explained in great detail why Flickr members were so upset with the 5/20/13 changes. He walked me through the pain of seeing so many bad decisions, so little regard for the feedback with which people were literally flooding the Help Forum. I will always r… Read more

Shortly after I started working at Flickr, John contacted me and explained in great detail why Flickr members were so upset with the 5/20/13 changes. He walked me through the pain of seeing so many bad decisions, so little regard for the feedback with which people were literally flooding the Help Forum. I will always remember his phrasing: Facebook is a network of people you know from life but you don't really care about what they are posting. Flickr is a network of people you don't likely know from life, but you care deeply about what they are sharing and what they are experiencing. He then told me an amazing story about a Flickr friend who was injured and fell into a coma, the subsequent display of love and respect from friends around the globe, and the beautiful gift that his Flickr family gave him when he eventually awoke from that coma. I still tell that story when onboarding new hires. Thanks for setting me straight back then, John. Don't ever stop setting us straight.

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August 28, 2019

John is not only an accomplished photographer, but a kind and gentle soul that has encouraged and inspired me with his amazing body of work. I would ask everyone to take the time to look through his photostream - I guarantee that you will never be bored. His masterful images evoke all kinds of emotions from tears to la… Read more

John is not only an accomplished photographer, but a kind and gentle soul that has encouraged and inspired me with his amazing body of work. I would ask everyone to take the time to look through his photostream - I guarantee that you will never be bored. His masterful images evoke all kinds of emotions from tears to laughter. To me he is one of the most accomplished and fun photographers that you will find anywhere. I am happy to call him a very dear Flickr friend.

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September 18, 2012

i have wanted to write this for the longest time but was not sure i had the words to say it right . john is the most fantastic photographer ever he sees art in every single thing in the world that is such a beautiful gift to have . he is so brilliant and adventerous in his art trying every single avenue and it is a … Read more

i have wanted to write this for the longest time but was not sure i had the words to say it right . john is the most fantastic photographer ever he sees art in every single thing in the world that is such a beautiful gift to have . he is so brilliant and adventerous in his art trying every single avenue and it is a pure joy to me what he discovers next to turn into a very special artwork. i am amazed and delighted enchanted and filled with inspiration sorrow joy fun the list is endless depending on what john posts he has talent in everything from the beautiful poems the music the photography the abstract work and the very special roses , never in all my life have i seen photos with such imagination flare style and brilliance his photostream is a constant joy to me . john is the best contact ever , filled to the brim with fun and laughter and his kindness and talent knows no bounds . he helps beginners like myself and gives so generously of his time and talents to help everyone . take a look at his photostream you will be enchanted and get lost for hours in it . it has been a joy for us to see your work and get to know you irene denis gemma and sarah i tried to keep it short but i am irish lol

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January 30, 2011
Matt says:

Among the thousands of decent photographers one encounters on Flickr, there are a small minority whose work stands out with a strong individual aesthetic. John is one of this select group. He sees the world - and its tiniest components - in a unique and intriguing way, and he draws us into his imaginative world. I m… Read more

Among the thousands of decent photographers one encounters on Flickr, there are a small minority whose work stands out with a strong individual aesthetic. John is one of this select group. He sees the world - and its tiniest components - in a unique and intriguing way, and he draws us into his imaginative world. I might add that John is the most creative "photo titler" out there; I too often laugh at his titles, yet then see that it was perfect for the photo. Finally, John is a faithful and encouraging Flickr friend and contact. Those of us who enjoy working with editing software often put a lot of time and passion into our work; the results will probably never be as popular as straight-up kittens, sunsets or breasts, and we can accept that. But it IS nice when someone notices and makes an appreciative comment - and often John is the one who does..:)

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June 20, 2010

John is a new Contact of mine. I am very picky about who I make a Contact... I have whittled my hundreds of Contacts down to 75 in the few years I've been with Flickr. A look at John's sets convinced me I wanted to see more. His Underwater Smoke Set is phenomenal; colorfully intriguing. The Kaleidoscopic Visions S… Read more

John is a new Contact of mine. I am very picky about who I make a Contact... I have whittled my hundreds of Contacts down to 75 in the few years I've been with Flickr. A look at John's sets convinced me I wanted to see more. His Underwater Smoke Set is phenomenal; colorfully intriguing. The Kaleidoscopic Visions Series is loaded with textural interest, and I love the Phychedelic Roses Set, which is full to the brim with amazing petal shapes and colors and exquisite details. I look forward to seeing more of John's work!

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June 8, 2010

A creative talent like John (Zoom Lens....just love that name!) is why I joined Flickr. His gift with color is incredible and always leaves me completely amazed (and wondering how he did that!). His photostream is like a beautiful dream that I could watch over and over. My absolute favorite is his collection of roses.… Read more

A creative talent like John (Zoom Lens....just love that name!) is why I joined Flickr. His gift with color is incredible and always leaves me completely amazed (and wondering how he did that!). His photostream is like a beautiful dream that I could watch over and over. My absolute favorite is his collection of roses...unending beauty. Thank you John for sharing your gift with us! :)

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November 2, 2009
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I have on more then one occasion been baffled, perplexed and awed by Zoom Lens amazing shots and processing techniques. When you read his profile you will find that he has a good solid base of formal training in photography for his compositions and yet his work doesn’t come off as some stale and technically correct fab… Read more

I have on more then one occasion been baffled, perplexed and awed by Zoom Lens amazing shots and processing techniques. When you read his profile you will find that he has a good solid base of formal training in photography for his compositions and yet his work doesn’t come off as some stale and technically correct fabrication but is usually a very fresh and engaging perspective shaped by his apparently abundant personality and life perspective. I always anticipate with great enthusiasm his next post and I’m sure to learn something new and creative to try myself from his abstract digital visions. Thanks for sharing John and keep pushing me to see beyond my lens for what it is all really about!

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October 18, 2009
FWOT says:

John is truly awesome. A bit of a soft heart in a rough package. He makes something wonderful whenever he puts his hand to showing us his visions... gorgeous work. I especially love his abstracts. I look forward to seeing what he coaxes out of a shot of a bike or a few petals from a rose. Have a look and you will be a… Read more

John is truly awesome. A bit of a soft heart in a rough package. He makes something wonderful whenever he puts his hand to showing us his visions... gorgeous work. I especially love his abstracts. I look forward to seeing what he coaxes out of a shot of a bike or a few petals from a rose. Have a look and you will be amazed too.

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October 8, 2009

John has a creative spirit which allows him to create wonderful abstract photos. They are both beautiful and moving and I thouroughly enjoy looking at each one of them. Each one is unique and allows the viewer to open their own imagination and creativity. Thanks for the inspiration to start creating my own abstracts… Read more

John has a creative spirit which allows him to create wonderful abstract photos. They are both beautiful and moving and I thouroughly enjoy looking at each one of them. Each one is unique and allows the viewer to open their own imagination and creativity. Thanks for the inspiration to start creating my own abstracts!

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October 4, 2009

John is a fun contact with a surrealist vision of the cycling world...He is a fine fotografer with a sense of the absurd and I look forward to many more years of silliness between us!

October 3, 2009

Besides being a great Flickr friend, John (aka Zoom Lens) is one of the most creative people i know. From his abstract impressionist work to his latest 'camera toss' technique - his photos are true pieces of art. I'm glad we crossed paths in this crazy Flickr world. Oh, did i forget to mention - a pretty nice guy to… Read more

Besides being a great Flickr friend, John (aka Zoom Lens) is one of the most creative people i know. From his abstract impressionist work to his latest 'camera toss' technique - his photos are true pieces of art. I'm glad we crossed paths in this crazy Flickr world. Oh, did i forget to mention - a pretty nice guy too :-)

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October 1, 2009