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John Whitmarsh

John Whitmarsh

Yarmouthport, MA

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

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 photo impressionism. A frustrated oil painter, I used a camera as my "brush" and tried to gently bridge the gap between photography and painting. "Painterly" became my watchword.

Recently my creative journey has veered from simply "panning" a scene to applying more challenging and advanced techniques to my compositions. Ultimately this has resulted in more minimalist images and more personally satisfying work.

I've added slow shutter speeds, multiple exposures and intentional camera movements to my earlier panning techniques. Most of these techniques are performed handheld in-camera on location. In the digital darkroom, I've begun to 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 wiith mood and emotional density that will elicit an emotional response and thus invite the viewer's participation and personal interpretation of the image.

Landscapes are the center of my work. My interactions with the landscape translate into photographs that convey a spirit of place and a sense of scale. 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 create 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.

 

Fragile by John Whitmarsh

 

Alone by John Whitmarsh

 

Homeward Bound by John Whitmarsh

 

Gently by John Whitmarsh

 

Nauset Beach 5 by John Whitmarsh

 

Departing Storm by John Whitmarsh

 

Caress by John Whitmarsh

 

Summer Afternoon by John Whitmarsh

 

The Rains Fall Softly by John Whitmarsh

 

Song of the Sea by John Whitmarsh

 

Perhaps by John Whitmarsh

 

Winds of the Heavens by John Whitmarsh

 

Puff by John Whitmarsh

 

End of Day by John Whitmarsh

 

Heading Home by John Whitmarsh

 

Steel Sea by John Whitmarsh

 

Written in the Clouds by John Whitmarsh

 

First Encounter by John Whitmarsh

 

Slow Motion by John Whitmarsh

 

Turbulence by John Whitmarsh

 

The Race by John Whitmarsh

 

Freshening Wind by John Whitmarsh

 

Born to Fly by John Whitmarsh

 

Farewell by John Whitmarsh

 

Serenity by John Whitmarsh

 

The Flats by John Whitmarsh

 

Regatta 2 by John Whitmarsh

 

Short Wharf Creek 5 by John Whitmarsh

 

Where Air and Water Touch by John Whitmarsh

 

Summer Storm by John Whitmarsh

 

Sliver of Sand by John Whitmarsh

 

One Day...Maybe by John Whitmarsh

 

Reverie by John Whitmarsh

 

Bright New Day by John Whitmarsh

 

Bright New Day by John Whitmarsh

 

Journey to the Shore by John Whitmarsh

 

A Fair Wind by John Whitmarsh

 

Boat Meadow by John Whitmarsh

 

I Can See Forever by John Whitmarsh

 

Churning of the Waves by John Whitmarsh

 

Silent Storm by John Whitmarsh

 

The Flats by John Whitmarsh

 

Nauset Surf by John Whitmarsh

 

Softly by John Whitmarsh

 

Another Day by John Whitmarsh

 

When October Comes by John Whitmarsh

 

When October Comes 2 by John Whitmarsh

 

Just Passin' By by John Whitmarsh