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Self-taught semi-professional landscape photographer, specializing in Landscape fine art.
In 2012 I paused by my local river and everything changed. I’ve moved away from what many expect photographs to be: my images deconstruct the literal and reimagine the subjective, reflecting the curiosity that water has inspired in my practice. Water has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing.
John Finney creates atmospheric landscape images – misty mornings, trees and villages lost in the fog, valleys and hillsides draped in cloud and punctuated by piercing light - frequently dynamic views in which weather is a major element. Over time these have become increasingly dynamic and he has now made two trips to the USA to chase tornadoes. The little he has so far shared about himself online is mostly about his love of bicycles and his racing experience, so we thought we’d try to coax him to talk a little more about all things photographic.
Can you give us a little background on what your early interests were, what you studied and where this led?
As a kid I was always outdoors - a sense of adventure and love for being in the countryside started early in my childhood when touring the countryside in my dad’s old VW campervan - and having the Pennines on my doorstep meant it wasn’t long before I started cycling into the Peak District.
As I grew up the cycling kind of took over my life; by 19, I was racing for three different cycling clubs in different disciplines of the sport, but it was the mountain biking that I loved the most. I raced cross country and downhill mountain bikes for 14 years and then concentrated on just racing downhill for another 6 years before I ‘found’ photography. Although when young I didn’t have anything to do with photography, I did do quite well at art at school, hence taking up photography in my late thirties re-kindled my dormant creative side. I have done a wide variety of different jobs since leaving school, from plumbing to coach building, picking up quite a lot of different skills but nothing to do with photography. I am currently working in the Aerospace industry which I now also do commissioned photography work for.