Author Archives: JOHN FORD

About JOHN FORD

The purpose of my photography is to isolate the order and beauty in the chaos of nature and the natural world. My interest in photography extends back to my teen years. The works of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston inspired me to greater depth and meaning. Being a medical doctor by profession, I found photography to appeal to my “left-brain” need for technical analysis and my “right-brain”, where I find self-expression. My earlier work was produced with film cameras. The large format, 4x5in., camera, the one that used a clothe over the head to focus, provided tremendous control and wonderful sharpness and definition. I have eventually switched to the digital camera because it now gives equal quality and greater flexibility. Most images are captured with use of a tripod and cable release for greatest stability and sharpness. I produce both color and black and white images, whichever the subject dictates. For years, I captured images with film cameras-medium format or large format(Linhof 4x5 view camera). The negatives or chromes were scanned and then refined with Photoshop. My recent images are captured with a high quality digital camera. The image is then refined in photoshop. If one asks if the images are manipulated, then I would respond that every image in the public sector you have seen has been manipulated. Ansel estimated that it took him on average eight hours to figure out how to print a negative. The digital negative is no different. Once refined the image is then printed using archival pigmented inks which makes them more archival than most traditional photographic prints.

TETONS & YELLOWSTONE

 

 

Early morning at Schwabacher landing.

Early morning at Schwabacher landing.

                                                SCHWABACHER LANDING

Early morning at Schwabacher Landing.

Early morning at Schwabacher Landing.

                                          SCHWABACHER MORNING

Fall leaves town near Oxbow Junction in Teton national Park.

Fall leaves town near Oxbow Junction in Teton national Park.

                                                        AUTUMN LEAVES

Part of the geyser basin of Yellowstone Valley is the Firehole Lake.

Part of the geyser basin of Yellowstone Valley is the Firehole Lake.

                                                            FIREHOLE LAKE

A year after the great fire of 1989 I found this tree leaning over the Firehole river not far from Old faithful lodge.

A year after the great fire of 1989 I found this tree leaning over the Firehole river not far from Old faithful lodge.

                                             FIREHOLE RIVER AND TREE

Part of the geyser basin at Yellowstone national Park

Part of the geyser basin at Yellowstone national Park

                                                                GEYSER BASIN

Picture Mormon Row Barn and Tetons

Picture Mormon Row Barn and Tetons

 

                                                   MORMON RAW BARN AND TETONS

Petrified trees in Yellowstone National Park

Petrified trees in Yellowstone National Park

                                                           PETRIFIED TREES

OXBOW JUNCTION & MT. MORAN

OXBOW JUNCTION & MT. MORAN

                                 OXBOW JUNCTION AND MOUNT MORAN

Fall colors at Oxbow Junction with Mt. Moran

Fall colors at Oxbow Junction with Mt. Moran

                                             FALL OXBOW JUNCTION

Jackson Lake at sunset

Jackson Lake at sunset

                                               LAST LIGHT, JACKSON LAKE

ANASAZI RUINS

I initially discovered the desert southwest of the United States because of the vast landscape and unique slot canyons but fell in love with the small structures left by the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians. These small granaries were built under overhangs hight above the river valley. The all face south to catch the winter sun. They also command very defensive positions. They were built before 1300 a.d. when the great Anasazi trading culture disintegrated for reasons a mystery to this day.

 

ANASAZI GRANARY, UTAH

ANASAZI GRANARY, UTAH

WHITE HOUSE RUIN, CANYON DE CHEILLY

WHITE HOUSE RUIN, CANYON DE CHEILLY

PETROGLYPH, MONUMENT VALLEY

PETROGLYPH, MONUMENT VALLEY

MULE CANYON

MULE CANYON

PERFECT KIVA, SLICKHORN CANYON

PERFECT KIVA, SLICKHORN CANYON

CHACO DOORS, ARIZONA

CHACO DOORS, ARIZONA

NANKOWEAP B&W, GRAND CANYON

NANKOWEAP B&W, GRAND CANYON

ANAZASI RUIN 2

ANAZASI RUIN 2

LONG HOUSE LADDERS

LONG HOUSE LADDERS

CLIFF PALACE, MESA VERDE

CLIFF PALACE, MESA VERDE

CLIFF PALACE, MESA VERDE

CLIFF PALACE, MESA VERDE

BALCONY HOUSE, MESA VERDE

BALCONY HOUSE, MESA VERDE

SLICKHORN CANYON, UTAH

SLICKHORN CANYON, UTAH

MONARCH CAVE, UTAH

MONARCH CAVE, UTAH

 

CHINA

Our granddaughter has lived in China for several years and given me the opportunity to visit and travel. The Great Wall speaks for itself but it also offers a Myriad of other possibilities.

 

FORBIDDEN CITY, BEJING

FORBIDDEN CITY, BEJING

GREAT WALL 2, CHINA

GREAT WALL 2, CHINA

ROOFTOP ABSTRACT, CHINA

ROOFTOP ABSTRACT, CHINA

CHINESE STREET

CHINESE STREET

MING KITCHEN, CHINA

MING KITCHEN, CHINA

GREAT WALL, CHINA

GREAT WALL, CHINA

ITALY

I have photographed in Italy for several years and can say that I have never been disappointed. Not only the light and the landscape but also the people , food and wine. Venice is a really special place for me.

VENETIAN GONDOLIER

VENETIAN GONDOLIER

VENICE CANAL 2

VENICE CANAL 2

THE GRAND CANAL, VENICE

THE GRAND CANAL, VENICE

VENICE CANAL 5

VENICE CANAL 5

VENICE ALLEYWAY

VENICE ALLEYWAY

VENICE CANAL REFLECTION

VENICE CANAL REFLECTION

VENICE CANAL 4

VENICE CANAL 4

VENICE CANAL 3

VENICE CANAL 3

TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE

TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE

DAVID, ACCADEMIA

DAVID, ACCADEMIA

SAN GIMIGNANO TOWERS, TUSCANY

SAN GIMIGNANO TOWERS, TUSCANY

TUSCAN COURTYARD

TUSCAN COURTYARD

PONTE VECCHIO, FLORENCE, ITALY

PONTE VECCHIO, FLORENCE, ITALY

MANAROLA, CINQUE TERRE

MANAROLA, CINQUE TERRE

ABOVE MANAROLA

ABOVE MANAROLA

CIVITA DI BAGNIREGIO, ITALY

CIVITA DI BAGNIREGIO, ITALY

WINDOW TUSCANY

WINDOW TUSCANY

WILDFLOWERS,ITALY

WILDFLOWERS,ITALY

SUNFLOWERS 2, ITALY

SUNFLOWERS 2, ITALY

 

GRAND CANYON

 

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is one of the natural wonders of the world. It is spectacular from the rim as many tourists will attest. But seeing it from river level and exploring the side canyons adds another dimension. I have been privileged to do float trips down the canyon on four occasions. Putting in at Lees ferry and taking out 225 miles down the river Diamond Ranch has allowed me to capture the images included here.

COLORADO RIVER FROM NANKOWEAP

COLORADO RIVER FROM NANKOWEAP

NORTH CANYON, GRAND CANYON

NORTH CANYON, GRAND CANYON

CARDENAS CREEK, GRAND CANYON

CARDENAS CREEK, GRAND CANYON

CARDENAS CACTUS, GRAND CANYON

CARDENAS CACTUS, GRAND CANYON

ELVES VERTICAL, GRAND CANYON

ELVES VERTICAL, GRAND CANYON

NORTH CANYON POUR OFF, GRAND CANYON

NORTH CANYON POUR OFF, GRAND CANYON

NORTH CANYON VERTICAL, GRAND CANYON

NORTH CANYON VERTICAL, GRAND CANYON

NANKOWEAP 3, GRAND CANYON

NANKOWEAP 3, GRAND CANYON

NANKOWEAP, GRAND CANYON

NANKOWEAP, GRAND CANYON

NATIONAL CANYON, GRAND CANYON

NATIONAL CANYON, GRAND CANYON

MATKATAMIBA, GRAND CANYON

MATKATAMIBA, GRAND CANYON

MATKAT TREE, GRAND CANYON

MATKAT TREE, GRAND CANYON

DEER FALLS OUTFLOW, GRAND CANYON

DEER FALLS OUTFLOW, GRAND CANYON

DEER FALLS, GRAND CANYON

DEER FALLS, GRAND CANYON

WHITMORE CANYON, GRAND CANYON

WHITMORE CANYON, GRAND CANYON

WHITHMORE MORNING, GRAND CANYON

WHITHMORE MORNING, GRAND CANYON

FACES OF VIET NAM

The Montegard people of North Vietnam live with in their own culture groups and speak their own language. They integrate into the population minimally. These tribes were pushed out of southern China 200-300 years ago. Similar tribes in the Central Highlands help American troops during the Vietnamese war. They paid a dear price for that help. The people are very shy and reticent. It was only with the help of a dear friend, Son Nguyen, that I was able to photograph them. I consider it a great privilege.

MONTEGARD WOMAN & BABY 5, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN & BABY 5, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN, VIET NAM

EVIL EYE, VIET NAM

EVIL EYE, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 9, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 9, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 8, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 8, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD KIDS 2, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD KIDS 2, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GRANDMA, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GRANDMA, VIET NAM

MONTRGARD GIRL 7, VIET NAM

MONTRGARD GIRL 7, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD KIDS, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD KIDS, VIET NAM

MONTREGARD WOMAN 2, VIET NAM

MONTREGARD WOMAN 2, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN 3, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN 3, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 3, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 3, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN 5, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN 5, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN & BABY 4, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN & BABY 4, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN & BABY 2, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN & BABY 2, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 4, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 4, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 5, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 5, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMEN, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMEN, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 1,VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 1,VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN & CHILD

MONTEGARD WOMAN & CHILD

MONTEGARD WOMAN 6, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN 6, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN 7, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD WOMAN 7, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD KIDS 3, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD KIDS 3, VIET NAM

12CW3122 copy

MONTEGARD GIRL 5, VIET NAM

MONTEGARD GIRL 5, VIET NAM



     

 

                                                                                                    
                                                                                       

 

          

 

       
                                                                                                           

ALASKA

 There is just one word to describe Alaska—BIG. I could not believe the scope and the scale of the landscape. We spent the first week on a small boat(60 passengers) in the Inward Passage. Great scenery and hiking on Wilderness Discovery by Un-Cruise Adventures. Then driving out of Anchorage and finally 3 days at North Face Lodge, the only lodges inside the park. One hundred and eight miles in a bus on a dirt road gets you the where this first images was taken and a mile or two before the lodge. The mountain was shrouded in clouds for the first two days and finally came out the last evening in order to capture my favorite image of the trip.


 DENALI(MT. McKINLEY) FROM WONDER LAKE


                                                          ALASKA RANGE


                                                          DENALI SUMMIT

                                                   RUTH GLACIER

DENALI PANORAMA, ALASKA

                                                                          

                                                                    DENALI PANORAMA


                                                                      ALASKA GRASSES                                                                         

                                                                                  ALASKA RANGE

                                                           FALL FOLIAGE

INWARD PASSAGE, ALASKA

                                                             INWARD PASSAGE

                                                                   SHEEP MOUNTAIN

                                                                      DENALI SUNSET

 

ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

English gothic cathedrals are to me not unlike the slot canyons of the desert southwest of the United States. This project, which extended over a number of years, was inspired by an important photographic mentor, Bruce Barnbaum.  Awe inspiring and monumental, the cathedrals represent an amazing tribute to the persistence and tenacity of the human spirit.

LACOCK CLOISTER, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

LACOCK CLOISTER, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS NAVE, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS NAVE, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS STAIRS 3, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS STAIRS 3, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

FOUNTAIN ABBEY, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

FOUNTAIN ABBEY, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

GLOUSCESTER CLOISTER, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

GLOUSCESTER CLOISTER, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS CIELING, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS CIELING, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

LACOCK ABBEY HALL

LACOCK ABBEY HALL

LACOCK ABBEY ENTRANCE

LACOCK ABBEY ENTRANCE

KINGS COLLEGE ORGAN, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

KINGS COLLEGE ORGAN, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

BECKETT DOOR, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

BECKETT DOOR, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS NAVE, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS NAVE, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS TRANSCEPT, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS TRANSCEPT, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS RETROCHOIR, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

WELLS RETROCHOIR, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

LACOCK ABBEY SACRISTY, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

LACOCK ABBEY SACRISTY, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

QUIN STAIRS, IRELAND

QUIN STAIRS, IRELAND

LINCOLN NAVE, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

LINCOLN NAVE, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS

 

MENDOCINO COAST-NEW

I can’t believe it took me this long to visit this amazing coastline.

1476 VIV 2-2 11x14

                                                           OCEAN COVE

1170,1183 VIV copy

                                            JUG HANDLE COVE EVENING

1170,1183 TP copy

                                                   JUG HANDLE CREEK

0949 TP copy

                                                     JUG HANDLE ROCKS

BODEGA BAY, MENDOCINO

BODEGA BAY, MENDOCINO




                                                       BODEGA BAY1033 TP 2 copy
                                                 JUG HANDLE COVE

0964 EFEX copy
                                                 MENDOCINO COAST

0921 TP copy
                                    MENDOCINO COAST ROCKS