John Whitmarsh

I am a New England fine art landscape photographer specializing in contemporary coastal images of Cape Cod. 

 A few years ago my interest turned from making literal depictions of the natural environment to creating expressive, stylistic interpretations of it. To do this I explored the basic techniques of photoimpresssionism. A frustrated oil painter, I used a camera as my “brush."  “Painterly” became my watchword.

 Recently my creative journey has veered from simply “panning” a scene to applying more advanced techniques to my compositions. This has resulted in more minimalist images and more personally satisfying work. 

 Most of these techniques are performed handheld in-camera on location. In the digital darkroom, I’ll often add textures to amplify my feelings about a scene. And for heightened effect I occasionally combine two images into a single powerful composite photograph.

 My goal is to make a photograph with mood and emotional density that will elicit an emotional response and invite the viewer’s participation in the image. 

The contemporary coastal images in this collection reveal the hidden beauty and power of the New England coast, at the edge of the sea where I live. 

I strive to creative photographs based on minimalist compositions with bold or subtle color palettes. These define my style, my refrain. With them I work to reveal the essence of a scene—the “bones” as Andrew Wyeth once said—by eliminating the unnecessary.