Artist Profile: John Young

Photography by John Young

Though it’s always been of great interest to me, it wasn’t until 2006 when, spurred by the purchase of my first digital camera with capabilities beyond point and shoot, that I took up photography in earnest. I had always found that whenever I was taking pictures I spent more time than most trying to visualize, frame, and capture a setting and I really enjoyed doing it and loved immersing myself in the effort to pull all I could out of a scene.  With the evolution of the digital camera, I found I could further pursue this passion while maintaining absolute creative control over my work without the need to learn from scratch and invest in the resources associated with film development.  I am completely self-taught and I learn something new every time I shoot and produce an image for display.  It’s extremely gratifying to hit a “that’s it” moment and it’s also extremely gratifying to hear others enjoying the images you offer for display.

I do not define myself as a certain type of photographer or limit myself to particular subjects or categories.  I tend to shoot what I see depending on where I am and what I’m doing, and have as much fun shooting, and processing, nature, landscape, or wildlife scenes as I do street, portrait, and still life.   

From a technical standpoint, though I have great respect for the current and former artists who shoot film, and for the inspiring works they produce, I shoot only digital.  For the most part I shoot images in manual mode – allowing me to control and experiment with varying degrees of depth and exposure. I then use editing software to convert the photos from “camera raw” and when I think it appropriate, enhance a scene and bring out or highlight features that may be obscured, or, transform them to correspond with my vision and imagination of the scene. For the photos I think might be worthy of display, except for specialty pieces such as canvas or stand-outs, I print and frame my own work using archival pigment inks and high quality and long-lasting conservation and archival paper, mats, and backing.

If you have an interest in seeing more of my work, have questions on the equipment or techniques I use, would like to commission a set of photos, or are interested in having me photograph an event or do some portraitures, please send me an email and I’ll be happy to work with you.