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    worried rose says:

    "If I had a time machine I'd send John back to where he belongs -- to the 1930s and 40s alongside Cartier-Bresson, Weegee, and Walker Evans. I would then go out tomorrow and look under every faded heap of Life Magazine back issues at every swap meet in Hell's Kitchen until I found someone selling an old book of John's street photos. In the end, though, I would probably just stand there repeating the same question that I already do now: "How the hell did he get away with that?""

    January 17th, 2008

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    i didn't mean to go to Stoke says:

    "John's street photography is sheer poetry, a formal mastery of composition, stunning use of shadows and above all the ability to capture ironic and distanced shots of street life in all its absurdity.
    his warmth and humanism reminds me of the great Robert Doisneau.
    John is a master in the making and remember where you saw him first"

    August 26th, 2007

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    Cuauhtémoc Suárez says:

    "It's been a long time that I don't visit your Flickr, but, of course it's not a surprise you still having this amazing shots, you're one of the first photographers that I see over here, and I just wanna say that you've changed my way of seeing the photography, you're such an inspiration, so i just wanna came back from here and say thank you, John, 'cause early I was so afraid about taking street pictures, but when i saw yours I think "Hey, this guy makes this thing look very easy" so you helped me big time, and i have this feelin¡ that i owe you something. so I think at least i have to tell everyone who read your testimonials about it. Again, Thank you Waxy, and keep that beautiful vision of the world."

    August 10th, 2007

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    hellophotokitty says:

    "John's images capture a moment within a moment in a visual poetry that is seldom seen in this current digital world of photography: each frame is thoughtfully composed with an artistic sensibility of a painter, a philosopher, dreamer.

    There is an underlying mystery within the visual tempo of each picture. A fleeting look, a fraction of a second of an action before it ends, all combined to draw the viewer into the mind and eye of a true artist. Share in his magic - take the time to look at each image and step into his world."

    June 4th, 2007

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    diddy kong says:

    "Does Waxy _really_ need another testimonial? I mean, c'mon...the guy has 900+ contacts/friends. Does another person need to wax more poetic tributes to his photos? Is he _really_that_good?

    Apparently, YES!

    Great photographer. Great photos. He's also someone that truly enjoys sharing his knowledge. And I for one, appreciate that.

    I've known him for many, many years...ever since we tried to break into a Chem Lab together to steal some mercury, way back when.

    So raise a glass to Ron Goldsmith! *cheers* oh...wait...right, John...John Goldsmith! ;-)"

    April 25th, 2007

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    PatL says:

    "John's easily one of my top 5 favorite photographers on flickr. I love your work around Vancouver and your blend of styles -street, candids, abstract, ... and I also really appreciate your activity in the various forums that I keep running into you on. Great stuff Waxy! Thanks for being waxylicious."

    February 13th, 2007

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    Twitchietai says:

    "Waxy not only has some of the most moving photos on Flickr, but he is a beautiful human being. Thank you for all you have shared with the Flickr community!"

    February 2nd, 2007

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    Edifica says:

    "It is Been a Pleasure to Meet John "Waxy' Down Here in Guadalajara & Share Some Great Time. He Has a Magic Eye!

    Thank's Waxy for Share!"

    November 30th, 2006

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    David McGhee says:


    Beyond being a great image maker (despite he uses Canon gear... thats a joke) he is an outstanding communicator with both the visual and the spoken word.

    Strong, refreshing, imagery combined with a soild attitude provide one of flickrs best assests. Always a pleasure to look at his work.

    He still owes me a cooked salmon and for that, I can not wait!"

    November 19th, 2006

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    Cut2Cure says:

    "John is one of the photographers whose photostream I keep coming back to. His street photographs really capture moments and immerse the viewer in that moment. It inspires one to grab a camera and hit the streets!"

    November 6th, 2006

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    exultant zipper says:

    "I came across Waxy Poetic by accident. But since then I’ve been a fan of his photos especially his candid shots of people. If my husband caught me either smiling or laughing, guess what whose photos I was looking at? …WAXY POETIC’s! Anyway, thanks John for sharing your talents… in the Flickr world and most of all thank you for being you! You are a funny guy! Best regards! :)"

    October 18th, 2006

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    fensterbme says:

    "HIs photos are amazing and reflect his amazing sense of vision and imagination. I am amazed as his work and viewing it makes me want to think more creatively and push my imagination more.... He also provides consistantly good advice...."

    October 14th, 2006

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    Steve.Korn says:

    "John (Waxy) is one of my favorite photographers on Flickr. What excites me about his photography is his unique vision, taking seemingly ordinary objects that most of us would ignore, whether it's a playground toy an old bicycle or a post-it note, and gives them a life of their own. His candid portraits are amazing as they truly capture a moment in time, communicating more than an interesting face, but also a suggestion of the life and being of his subjects. When I need inspiration, Waxy's is one of the streams I visit.

    Lastly, I really enjoy the positive tenor and humor John brings to his comments and interaction with others on Flickr. When he has left a comment on your picture, it feels like a positive spark has just ignited the room and the conversation becomes more fun. A great personality that clearly comes across in his photography.

    And, he has curly hair like Shirley Temple."

    September 30th, 2006

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    matthew.clifford says:

    "Waxy is an incredible photographer, especially when it comes to movement. He is able to capture not only the what is going on in a scene with movement, but a feeling as well. His composition is generally speaking near perfect in this regard."

    August 31st, 2006

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    Half Pinay - Laretta Houston says:

    "Waxy is the meaning behind the word inspire! He inspires me and all that view his work!"

    June 5th, 2006

John Goldsmith
May 2005
Detroit, USA
Vancouver, Canada
Professional Photographer
John Goldsmith Photography
john [at] johngoldsmithphotography.com