John Eric Hawkins
Fine Art Photography
As a full time, on the road traveler and artist, the opportunities to capture unique moments in our ever changing landscape are presented to me daily. This gallery of images will grow as I add to it every week. Staying on location for extended time without cell or internet, has brought me volumes of new work with minimal interruption. The problem has been with no presentation on the web. I will remedy the rumor of my demise by adding new images to this collection weekly. Creating with faithfulness to my original vision, I present this work from past and present.
After a year of travel restrictions, I am vaccinated, healthy and once again searching for definitive images. With no real time restraints, van life gives me the opportunity to patiently observe each environment and find moments that contain the elements that are the essence of each place. Sleeping, waking, having my meals all within my chosen local, saturates my senses with what I need to express. An overnight stay often turns into a week or beyond. This is what I see, and present to you.
This collection of work comes from the Colorado Desert, the Anza Borrego area to be exact. Harsh and inhospitable environment it is, but each time I arrive, a feeling of being at Home overcomes me. A journey, through Tectonic shifts and breaks, monumental erosion from rare weather induced forces, and geological oddities causing wonderment. These images represent quiet moments that result in thunderous revelation.
A condensed history of work through 2011. Early work is from 8x10,11x14, and 8x20 cameras. Film was the medium and nearly every camera type and format has been used. As new tools present great possibilities, I use each for their strengths. What tools and methods chosen are those which allow me to be honest, and present each moment with beauty and dignity. To me a successful image can dominate a space. But more than just graphic appeal, it must feed our vision with new inspiration and understanding on a continuing basis.
Spending the winter and spring in Tucson, Arizona, gave me the opportunity to observe the seasonal changes of the Sonoran flora. I was particularly drawn to the flowering of the wide variety of cacti. I attempt to present the character and beauty of these rugged, spiny, fruit bearing plants, in a minimal and direct manner. The use of long macro lenses give me the ability to record minimal depth of field. The use of focus stacking allows me to selectively choose what elements I want to reveal and at what degree of apparent sharpness they will be observed.
The daily capture of leaves in the frozen creek near my residence. They try to escape with each movement of air and surgent water, to be recaptured, again and again, until all that is left is this story.
Canyonlands to Cambria, Zion to Antelope Canyon, Yellowstone to Mount Whitney. A wide look at images over a broad area and time.
Bisti Wilderness, Capitol Reef, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, plus a new page of Springtime in Chaco Canyon.
Classic Badland Images from South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.
Spring Storms 2015. Angel Peak Badlands, Tent Rocks, Canyonlands, Hunter Wash at Bisti, Capitol Reef and more.
Cultural Study of Morocco. Images of conversation, market and travel. Everyday life in this vibrant culture.
Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills, Ancient Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains, Sand Tufa and the High Sierra, Sunsets and crazy rock forms along the coast.
Images inspired by walking the streets of Coimbra, Porto and north. Candid moments of transit life.
Pastels, Found objects and Photography
Early Mornings at Driftwood Beach and the Shaping force of water in mountain rivers.
Large Format Fine Art Photography 8x10, 11x14, 8x20 camera work
The Deciduous variety that adds color to the liquid tension in Cherry Creek each Fall provides great movements in color.
Environmental first responders and the world they live within.