The way the camera interacts with the environment is critical to the way we view the world, that response is and must be different depending on the camera and the photographer’s interpretation of the moment. The camera does not and never has reproduced the world around us, merely a reproduction of its mechanical components.
John has studied and worked as a photographer for forty years. He has worked as a documentary photographer in West Africa, he has been a studio photographer in the USA and the UK. His career has touched almost every part of the sub-genres of photography and creative industries.
He has been involved in the publication of five books, three of which were published by Canterbury University Press, documenting the relationship between native plants and the human environment and the history of the community hall and the people of New Zealand. Two books were a collaboration with Ian Spellerberg who is Emeritus Professor of Nature Conservation at Lincoln University.
John has a new Ebook “Synesthesia Obscura” (Kindle Edition), available on Amazon , with a handmade version available in a few weeks.
For the past twenty years, he has been a Senior Lecturer in Photography and Interactive Design. His specialist areas include curriculum development and conversion of previous diploma photographic courses into degree-level courses, academic team leader and researcher. He has taught across all of the specialisation in the Design degree at ARA.