Like his career choice, John's interest in photography stems much from his love of the outdoors. While he enjoys several genres of photography, he gains greatest satisfaction from capturing landscapes - particularly natural landscapes: landforms, trees and vegetation, and the interaction of water with the land. While accurately recording his encounters during walks in the wilderness or travels far and wide is an important aspect of his work, John prefers monochrome methods as a means of adding his own emotion and artistic flair via texture, tone, and composition. Use of panoramic, infrared, and stereo techniques further enhances his ability to portray his own vision of the landscape.
From the day he purchased his first "real" camera in high school, John took particular interest in trees, favoring their dendritic nature; the way their form is altered by topography, sun angle, and climate; and the naturally artistic ways they interact with their neighbors. With “A Stroll Through the Trees”, he uses visible and infrared light images, in both standard and panoramic monochrome formats, to share his encounters with trees, and to express his own vision of their form and beauty.
With bachelor's and master's degrees in geology, John worked 37 years in the fields of geology and environmental siting and restoration, in roles of geologist; data management and geologic modeling specialist; construction, project and program manager; staffing manager and environmental department manager. His work was predominantly in California and the west, but included other locations in north America and, in the two years prior to his 2016 retirement, Dammam and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
John worked occasional weekends, "for fun, experience, and money-for-gear", shooting marathon races for MarathonFoto between 2012 and 2014. Beyond this, photography has been purely for pleasure and satisfaction. He is presently a docent and Workshop Committee member for Viewpoint.
As a photographer, John's technique and style are generally his own; however, he gains inspiration from the likes of Clyde Butcher, John Sexton, Gary Wagner, and Ansel Adams, among others. His fine art works have been shown in several exhibits, including Sacramento Fine Arts Center juried photography shows in 2013 and 2016, winning "Best in Category" at both shows, and at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, in various juried, invitational, and open exhibits.
His photography website is www.johnromiephotography.com