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.

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

DUNES

08-03 DEATH VALLEY

Dunes fascinate me and they always have. They are the quintessential subject matter for a black and white photographer. Death Valley California is the logical starting place. But there’re also great dunes in Oceana California and Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. They are an unending myriad of form and texture. Like snowflakes, no two are alike.

DUNE FACE, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE FACE, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE DIAGONAL, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE DIAGONAL, DEATH VALLEY

GREAT SAND DUNES, COLO.

GREAT SAND DUNES, COLO.

DUNE 22, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 22, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 13, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 13, DEATH VALLEY

DUNES 9, DEATH VALLEY

DUNES 9, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 22, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 22, DEATH VALLEY

DUNES 7, DEATH VALLEY

DUNES 7, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 20, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 20, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE TRACKS, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE TRACKS, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 16, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 16, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 12, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 12, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 6, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 6, DEATH VALLEY

DUNES 1, DEATH VALLEY

DUNES 1, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 11, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 11, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 21, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 21, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 7, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 7, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 3, DEATH VALLEY

DUNE 3, DEATH VALLEY

DUNES 8, DEATH VALLEY

DUNES 8, DEATH VALLEY

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