For details on John’s latest career in Photography please refer to the introduction to the India travel section. John has managed and operated his own successful Photography business since the mid 80’s. Predominantly involved in wedding/portrait and travel photography, other fields include architecture and sport photography. He has also been employed by a variety of photographic studios early in his career. He photographed the first seven Australian Tennis Opens from courtside at Flinders Park (Melbourne Park). John has had photos published in both local newspapers and international publications in Asia and Europe. Over the past 20 plus years his photos on various sporting and human interest/political stories within Australia have been regularly published in the “Algemeen Dagblad” which is one of The Netherlands largest daily broadsheet newspapers.
John has also designed and taught community based introductory photography courses and has won numerous awards for his travel and wedding photos, including the prestigious Melbourne Camera Club Bicentennial Photo Journalist Print of the year. He has held a number of Photographic exhibitions, including a very successful and critically acclaimed exhibition at the Convent Gallery in Daylesford.
John’s education includes:
- An undergraduate degree in Social Science, a Counselling diploma, a Graduate Diploma of Business, a Certificate in Services Marketing; and is qualified in Human Relations Facilitating and Change Management.
- He is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM) and has been a member of the Kodak Pro Club, the Melbourne Camera Club and the Canon Professionals Association.
Previous Clients include:
- The Convent Gallery;
- The AFL;
- The Cities of Malvern, Melbourne, Moorabbin, Sunshine & Brimbank
- Tennis Magazine;
- Numerous (family) portraits.
- Hundreds of individual wedding clients;
John’s philosophy in relation to Photography is based on providing a high quality product, using natural light where possible, always mixing the formal and the informal – relaxed, fun shots, with a strong emphasis on professional, caring, unobtrusive customer service, at a reasonable price.
For some earlier details of John’s life please refer to introduction to the India and general travel sections.
John lives with his partner Jayne in the well known beach suburb of St Kilda, 6 kms from the Melbourne CBD in an apartment next to Luna Park. John has also continued his other career in Senior Management roles and is an Associate Fellow with the Australian Institute of Management. He is currently the Program Director for a NFP large Disability Service provider. John is a also a Human Relations facilitator at the Kalama Centre, something he is most passionate about. Apart from his love for travelling and photography, John also enjoys a wide range of sports including regular swimming and cycling (formerly also involved in triathlons, volleyball and surf life saving). As part of the rich tapestry of life in his younger years John has also been a lifeguard on a cruise ship, taught people how to drive, been a barman, a gardener, taught the science of squatting in Berlin, worked as a youth worker with runaway street kids and managed major leisure centres. These days he (still) particularly enjoys riding his 1957 model BMW R50 motorbike, which he has owned since he was 19, spending time with friends and family, meditating, listening to music – especially the Blues, cooking vegetarian meals, going to a good movie or restaurant and if there is any time left over reading (or listening) to a good book.