RECORDING the west is John’s way to practice photography, and refine his eye. The vastness of the west, the solitude and overpowering beauty are recurring themes in John’s images. His work spans from grand landscapes and details of nature, to the built environment and people, always with the backstory in mind.
His work documents the “real and imagined west.” “Real” in the sense that the authentic west is a place of beauty, independence, and reverence for nature embedded in our country’s history. “Imagined” in the sense that the iconic landscapes of the west are part of our country’s mythology.
“Photography is an integral part of my life. As a youngster, I borrowed my Dad’s camera and explored the mountains around our home. Wherever adventure led, I wanted a visual journal. I marveled at the pictures of Alfred Eisenstadt and Ansel Adams. Looking back, that begins to explain why I have a passion for black and white photography.”
Steamboat Springs, Colorado is the perfect base camp. Northwest Colorado has a rich historical background that provides a context for ranching and agriculture, outdoor recreation, natural landscapes, wildlife and stunning beauty available outside our front door.