I have been working professionally as a photographer and photographic educator for 40 years. During that time I have worked on some amazing projects and with many incredible clients.
My passion is nature, landscape, and travel photography. I have been lucky to work with several wonderful conservation organizations and every year I donate a portion of my proceeds to selected conservation organizations that work hard to protect the natural landscape.
I have been based in northern Minnesota for most of the 40 years of my career, however, I have now arranged my lifestyle to accommodate lots of travel. These days I split my time based in Two Harbors Minnesota, Bluff Utah, and Mexico.
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These images were created using Digital SLR cameras. While I enjoy the immediacy of this format I reject the notion of streamlining my workflow. Each image has been individually and carefully created, from concept to final print. I enjoy the high degree of precision and accuracy that modern digital cameras allow for in image making. When I compose a photograph I utilize that precision. The camera angle and view is carefully considered. All of the visual elements within the scene are considered and arranged for a predetermined visual effect. At times I use neutral density filters which allow for long exposures, or I select slow ISO speeds and small aperture settings which also increases the exposure time even on bright days. Typical exposures can run from one to several minutes long. During the image making process I ponder over what filters, if any, to use for the creation of the image, and finally I carefully select my exposure settings for optimum visual effect. This process requires a significant amount of time and thought but it is my mantra in the meditation of image making. It soothes my mind and soul, and allows me to see the world in front of my lens. I enjoy the process of absolute control up to the moment the image is recorded—then I open the shutter and let go of the process—I never know what the final image will look like and I have to trust that forces greater than me will give me the gift of a beautiful image.
John Gregor has a Masters of Education through St. Scholastica College with an emphasis in photographic literacy. He earned his BA from the University of Minnesota with a degree through the University Without Walls program, his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture Through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography. During his career Gregor has worked on some interesting projects and photographed for some great publications, they include: 2 years as the Official Track Photographer at Canterbury Downs Racetrack, a month long photographic project in Africa documenting the first attempted kayak decent of the Blue Nile from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert, an on-going photography /research project on horse-mounted military musical bands remaining worldwide with trips to England, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, and Sweden, funded by the University of St. Thomas, photography documentation of over 75 Scientific and Natural Areas in Minnesota funded by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy resulting in numerous publications including Worlds Within A World, 1999 winner of the Minnesota Book Award. Gregor has four other book projects with title page credit including: Growing Home; Stories of 32 Ethnic Gardeners, UofM Press, 2000 (winner of the 2000 American Horticulture Book of the Year Award), Northland Wildflowers a guide to the Minnesota Region UofM Press, and Northern Treasure, The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s 100 year commemorative book.
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