Inspired by the paths paved by alpine pioneers and spurred by the accounts of early undersea explorers, such as Cousteau and Hass, John sought a life of adventure that began while studying the ocean at University and continued throughout a career as a Clearance Diving Officer in the Royal Navy.
Building upon a photographic practice that began in 1991 he continued to document aspects of that first career spent largely undersea, at times driven by those whom made those experiences memorable, and moreover, by the silent world within which they worked.
As his practice unfolded so did the range of influences. In moving beyond the pages of the almost ubiquitous National Geographic, he fell for the creative portraiture of Annie Leibovitz and the humanist approach of the late Peter Lindbergh, whose collective allure triggered a change in professional direction.
Shooting principally in the medium format, and driven by authenticity, John seeks to convey a sense of connection within his approach that draws upon light sympathetic to the surroundings.
His form of storytelling can be seen within titles such as British Airway’s First, Forbes’, Land Rover Magazine, Oceanographic Magazine and Sidetracked Magazine’s Fields Notes, while images from commissions within adventure, automotive and fashion design, continue to be featured by Hasselblad.
Joining an international expedition John was commissioned to document the team as they thread their way through the Khumbu valley to attempt to climb the Himalayan peaks of Mount Everest and Lhotse.
Culminating in a shoot at 20,000 feet and interviews of many to be found in Basecamp that year, this wasn’t without risk. Of the 21 whom left, tragically only 20 returned. A sage reminder of the risk that these climbers face.
In early 2019 John flew to Ulaanbataar to begin the Generations Project.
Journeying along the southern fringes of Siberia to the western extent of Mongolia his aim was to illustrate the facets of a remote Kazakh hunting community at a time of transition, as they juggle tradition with change.
In living shoulder to shoulder with two families John was granted the opportunity to capture the characters, document the lives and unveil the next generation of Eagle hunters and huntresses. The results of this immersive project continue to be featured here.
Later in 2019 John was called upon to combine his knowledge of the sea and technical expertise as a diver to shoot the conservation focused project Stewards of the Sea.
A collaboration between conservationists and the recreational diving community the visual outputs have been featured by Barbados Tourism and can be seen promoting marine conservation and environmental stewardship in Paris and throughout Europe.