John has been a lifelong photographer. His photographic assignments as a young student included covering visits of the Queen and Montgomery of Alamein. During the seventies he gave up serious photography finding it incompatible with the demands of his scientific career. Then in 1981 a journey to Russia inspired a series based on Polaroid and colour transparency film. While this project was pursued with characteristic intensity, it took until 2007 to bring it to life through a combination of a strong sense of “unfinished business”, advances in digital processing, and most precious of all, time. John’s Russian series was instrumental in shifting his interest towards the more painterly, formal, emotive, and sometimes abstract, approach which informs his treatment of both human and other subjects.
John’s work is available from Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, and at FFOTO.COM