During his service in the Marines, John traveled extensively throughout the world - to exotic and beautiful locations like Hawaii, and to places scarred by social unrest like Somalia. He used his camera to capture the sights of these locations. Sunrise, sunset, and even nighttime were some of his favorite times to photograph - capturing and accentuating the beauty of the often missed, often monochromatic sights. His love for photography grew, but he never explored that passion beyond his own personal joy in the photos until many years later.
John returned to Ohio after his retirement from the Marines where he attended Miami University in Oxford, finally using his GI Bill benefits to graduate with honors with a degree in Business. After graduating in the summer of 1997, he moved to Austin, Texas where he met a local venture capital investor who "gave me a ticket for a wild ride in the world of startup companies." Five long but very interesting years later, he emerged with a renewed sense of purpose and a new camera. While in Austin, John met his wife, Mimi, who is now his business partner and back office manager. In 2005, they moved to Dawsonville, Georgia.
John specializes in photographing sunsets, sunrises, nature, landmarks, architecture, and a variety of other sights that we often miss or overlook in the hurried pace of life - or while we sleep. He is somewhat like a moth - drawn toward the muted light before dawn or after the sun has set; and he uses his photographic skills to show that light in unusual ways. In addition to creative use of light, he applies the three Ps to his photography: Patience, Placement, and Perseverance. His philosophy is, "You can't get the shot that isn't there, and you can't get a shot if you're not there."
Some of John's work can be occasionally seen during photographic exhibits at The Bowen Center for the Arts on Hwy 9 in historic downtown Dawsonville. His work continues to be shown and sold in Austin, Texas at the Images of Austin Gallery. John maintains a sizable collection of framed and unframed art at his home studio and viewing is available by appointment.
He is a member of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, The Bowen Center for the Arts, and National Association of Photoshop Professionals. John has attended a variety of courses and seminars covering advanced techniques in fine art nature photography, color management practices, and fine art printing. He does nearly all of his own printing on a variety of media, and has developed a following in the north Georgia region of other artists for whom he does fine art printing.
John's repertoire also includes much commercial work: architecture (interiors
and exteriors), headshots, marketing images, etc.