It's All About The Light


Who Is John Newton

Well, I’m 69 year old self taught photographer who lives in Swannanoa, NC with my wife, Kit, and a couple Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named Guinness and Truffles. We moved here in 2006 upon my retiring as a computer/IT specialist from the U.S. Government.

My interest in photography goes back a ways. I remember my father taking pictures and bringing home cameras back in the 50’s. I didn’t actually pick up a camera until I was in the Navy and I purchased a Minolta 16 at the base exchange in Rota Spain. Over the course of my life time I’ve owned a variety of cameras and taken pictures wherever the military/government sent me.

Since retiring to the greater Asheville area, most of my work now consist of images taken in and around western North Carolina. I’m fascinated with textures, patterns, and whatever catches my attention. This may be a pretty face, a butterfly on a flower, or a tree in the middle of a field. Whatever happens to catch my fancy at that particular moment. I like to produce black and white as well as color images, but black and white has a special place in my heart. I guess it goes back to my darkroom days.

Like I said, I do have a fondness for black and white and that a number of the images are abstracted to highlight either a pattern or a texture or both. Black and white has a tendency to show the bare essential of the image and that sometimes color can actually be a distraction. Of course color can also be the subject of the image so I also do color images.

While I have used film in the past, quite a bit in fact, today I still shoot some film just not as much. My film kit consist of a couple film cameras, 35mm (Canon A1 and F1), Medium format (645) Bronica ETRs , a 4X5 pinhole and a Kodak Brownie Cresta 3. The digital kit is made of a Sony A7II. For the most part, my walk around camera has been my cell phone. As some folk are aware, my entire Canon kit was stolen  last year.  Kind of heart breaking to  say the least. 

I shoot and process my film and then scan the images so that I can work with them in the computer. All digital images are captured using the RAW format and I then proceed to work with them in the computer. I love the digital world and the endless possibilities that are available to me. Most of my work is of a traditional nature, but I love to play with and “tweak” images into Art using any number of computer programs to produce a different kind of image. Some are black and white others have their colors distorted and other things done to them. I hope you enjoy my work.

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