Hi, my name is John. I was born and still live in Brisbane, Australia. I am a child of the mid 50's, a baby boomer! Slow and getting slower. Before you read this little intro, I must tell you that my photos are “like a box of chocolates”. Forrest Gump knew what he was talking about and I hope you get my drift! Nothing too arty, just an observer of life.
My photo, by the way represents my hobby.
My Dad and Mum used to take lots of photos even though we were as poor as church mice! These shots did instil in me a recognition of the importance of photography. And a love for it. I started with a Kodak Instamatic in 1970, then "progressed" to a 110 camera in 1974, took the very rare 110 slides. Minolta even made some very good SLR’s for that film, I had both of them. Early 80’s, Canon AE1 Programs, great cameras and took thousands of 35mm slides and B&W photos, even had some of both published in some railway books. Then had our daughter and I sort of gave up, while my wife took photos on her Nikon camera which I always envied her for. So when I recommenced photography round 2000, it was with Canon equipment then later Nikon. After seeing shots from a multitude of gear on Flickr, I really don’t believe you can choose between most of the best cameras today and phones also take excellent shots, especially when you are without your main camera (s). These days I use two Nikon D810's and a D750 and a selection of lenses but you won’t get me knocking any of the main brands as they are all terrific.
Thank you for looking at my photos, if they weren’t on Flickr, even I wouldn’t get to enjoy them. I love to learn and get inspiration from Flickr and my Flickr friends and I truly love looking at your wonderful work. And thank you for viewing, faving or commenting, I appreciate it all. I do dedicate my photos to my wife who often inspires me to see things another way and who is always there by my side. Life is too short to do it alone and I love her for it.
I do not analyse other people's technical work in detail. Good photographers usually self analyse, or should and know the strengths and weaknesses of their own work and learn by that. My comments will always include an overall visual/emotive response, after all, that’s what a good photo is supposed to stimulate, a way of saying I respected your work or works for the art and result and that's how I feel. "I ain't lookin'...to analyze you, categorize you, finalize you or advertise you." If you know the source of that quote without having to look it up, that’s what I am about. I will leave the critical technical appraisal to people who think they are crash hot at that sort of stuff....it’s sort of unemotional and that’s not me.
For most of my photographic life, I was a no post process (editing) sort of guy. These days I do mostly just light editing to clean shots up. Occasionally I break out for fun but I do not use complex or costly editing tools.
The great photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson said “ In photography the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become Leitmotiv”. Better look that up in google!
Like all photographers I retain absolute copyright. Please do not use or repost/republish my photos in any way ( no matter what quasi legal excuse you use) without asking my permission.
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My friend John (westernthunderer) is a photographer of the Australian dream. You can't help looking at his photographs (especially the ones of old places) and not feel that he has a unique understanding of what made the "old Australia" tick. John and his wife Jenny have travelled more miles (kilometres just doesn't sou… Read more
My friend John (westernthunderer) is a photographer of the Australian dream. You can't help looking at his photographs (especially the ones of old places) and not feel that he has a unique understanding of what made the "old Australia" tick. John and his wife Jenny have travelled more miles (kilometres just doesn't sound right in this context) right around this big country, that he rivals the Leyland Brothers. If you're an Aussie and don't know that Mike and Mal Leyland were the pioneers of travel TV in this country, then you don't understand the "old Australia". I really think John was in Geoff Mack's mind when he wrote the classic Aussie song, "I've Been Everywhere Man." Well that's an exaggeration because the song was written a couple of years after he was born. Anyway, to cut to the chase, John is undoubtedly a man who has a deep affection for and sensitivity to what made Australia what it was. Look at these pictures and take in the serenity.Read less