Most visual artists use photography as a tool for their artistic process. Personally, I find that a combination of plein air painting studies and landscape photographs used together as reference material helps me produce solid studio landscape paintings.

The fact that I have a fondness and appreciation for photography as an art medium is one of the main reasons why I share photography tips on this art blog from time to time. Also, many of the articles on this site can be applied toward photography.
A bit ago I met photographer, John R. Math via and was struck by his unusual view and abstraction of the landscape. John does not use Photoshop, filters nor does he manipulate the photos. I hope you all find his work interesting and inspiring.
By guest photographer/author: John R. Math
My Grandmother bought me my first SLR  (single-lens reflex) camera at age 13 and immediately I realized that I had something to express myself and my world. Even at that young age I always experimented with cameras trying to find out it’s limits and what I could produce.
For the first 21 years of my life I grew up at the New Jersey Shore, prior to moving to Florida, where I have lived for another 40 years. Due to great weather and living near the ocean it always meant being outside and doing something near or in the water. Swimming, surfing, sailing and fishing have always been a part of my life and it is definitely a part of my art.

Over the last 5 few years I developed my recognizable style and technique:

  • My images are loose and colorful.
  • My images show movement and textures.
  • I shoot with low levels of light and with slow exposures.
  • This technique produces a picture that flows and creates a feeling that is unique in the photography world.
  • I do not Photoshop, manipulate or filter my images.
  • These are the actual images that I produce.

My art has always been influenced by nature and especially the ocean. Still, after all of these years, it still amazes me how beautiful and mysterious nature can be day after day. In my photography I am just showing a snippet of what I see. My images come from a different point-of-view and they draw attention to the essence of nature. Hopefully, people will look at my pictures and they will also marvel at the beauty that nature provides to us.


Thank you John for this very interesting view of photographing the landscape. To learn more about John, please visit ~Lori

You might like to read: How to Interpret the Landscape in Paint or 10 Reference Photo Tips for Artists and maybe Rule of Thirds – Composition in Art

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