URBAN JOURNEY

VERTICALS

SQUARES

HORIZONTALS 

PANORAMAS

TRIPTYCH

          The Urban Journey series has roots in the early 1990s and John’s first serious exploration of photography. Wandering the streets of San Diego with a Pentax K1000, he sought out what Henri Cartier Bresson deemed “the decisive moment”- the moment when cinematic narrative emerges from the chaos. Rather than wait for the perfect scene to appear, however, John began to orchestrate the scene as a director.

          Unlike Bresson’s work, the Urban Journey images are built from multiple stills in post-production. In this body of work, John carefully scouts out the perfect location, then waits patiently for all the elements to appear - the gathering between 50 to 100 images to build the composition. The result is the seamless integration of bits and pieces from dozen of images composing a narrative that is at once familiar, yet beyond placement.

          Much like the Landscape Abstracts series reveals the essence of place, the Urban Journey series reveals the essence of a universal narrative - a narrative that the viewer, free from the confines of specificity, is invited to interpret through the lens of their own personal history. The panorama format references wide-screen cinema and further evokes the narrative quality of the image.

The photographs are shown in their original state as taken and are not digitally manipulated in post. Using a proprietary proofing process to achieve the most accurate colors possible, John prints straight to canvas utilizing a state-of-the-art digital darkroom with a wide-format printer and archival inks. Once printed, canvases are given a protective UV coating, stretched over custom-designed stretcher bars, and framed with handmade, locally built wood floater frames, made to order in dark walnut or painted black.

 

COLLECTIONS

LANDSCAPE ABSTRACT | ATLANTIC   |   LINEAR   | SPIRARI   |   MYOPIC   |    URBAN JOURNEY  |   LIVE OAKS  |   PANORAMAS |   PAINTINGS