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Moon Rising Over A Calm Atlantic Ocean In Vero Beach, Florida.
Geese Flying Over Acton Lake On A Foggy Morning.
Foliage On A Foggy Fall Morning On The Great Miami River
A Water Ripple On The Ohio River On A Foggy Morning.
Setting Sun Lights Up Clouds Over The Atlantic Ocean.
The Dock At Miami Whitewater Forest On A Foggy December Morning.
EWW: What is the most memorable comment you’ve ever received about your artwork?
John: Because I sell my photographs at juried art shows, I hear a lot of comments. The one that I like most is when people say, “Oh, it feels so serene in here.”, as they enter my booth. However, my all-time favorite comment came from a little girl talking to her father about a piece titled “Reeds” (which can be found on my website). She told her dad, “It looks like one of those dead, dried-out spiders you find in the basement in the winter-time.”
EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?
John: As an artist, my primary goal is to create work that provokes an emotional response. The mood I try to consistently invoke is one of calmness, serenity, tranquility … perhaps the Japanese word “wa” describes it best. I find the soft luminance and pastel color of early morning light goes a long way to engender that mood.
Visually, nature can be quite chaotic. Locating the simple compositions that I prefer is challenging, but I find them to be very rewarding. The elegance, the poetic beauty of simplicity leads naturally to feelings of balance and harmony.
For me, color is nearly as important as composition. I am particularly attracted to the pastel color palette. I have numerous photographs that I think are technically good photographs, but if the color isn’t right then the photograph isn’t right.
John: Today it is a virtual requirement for artists/photographers to have their own website. Customers expect it and industry professionals expect it.
EWW: Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work? If you do use social media platform seems, which one(s) work the best for you?
John: I am on Facebook. I use it to show select photographs to gauge the reaction to images I am considering placing in my booth. While I may love a given image, I don’t want to take up scarce wall space in my booth for images with limited appeal.