JOHN HUMMEL, BIO/STATEMENT
My parents gave me my first camera when I was 7 years old, which was the
beginning of a life-long fascination with the beauty of the world as seen through
the lens of a camera. I have been a photographer all my life. It has been a
window into a world of extraordinary beauty. I realized early on that everything
has beauty and interest when viewed from the proper perspective. The art of
"seeing" the essence of a subject, whether it be a meadow or a person, is hard
to define but crucial to producing images of lasting value. I find that, today,
the key to producing those images of lasting value is taking the time to connect
with the subject, whoever or whatever it is. It is reaching beyond the surface
perception to a deeper more real understanding and then seeing that first in
my mind before seeing it through the viewfinder.
In the beginning my focus was black and white nature photography which gave
me the opportunity to study the delicate relationship of light and darkness.
I came to understand that all of life is about light or the absence of it. Over
the years, I have expanded into color images, architectural, travel, abstract
and portrait subjects. In all of these I continue to strive to reflect that
which is a celebration of our beautiful world.
My greatest joy has been the opportunity to share with others, through my images,
that which is right and beautiful with the world we encounter everyday. My photographic
work has helped me to see the "extraordinary in the ordinary" in the world around
me, to quote the master photographer, Dewitt Jones. It has opened a portal into
a deep appreciation of the true sacredness of all life.
My website: http://www.jhummelphotographics.com