John emery - fine art landscape photographer

Photography allows me to travel to a location and bring back a slice of that experience home with me.

I was born and raised near Tampa, Florida, and never left the east coast until I was 21 years old. I saw a movie which had a scene at the Grand Canyon and that same night I bought a plane ticket to Las Vegas and got a rental car. That trip, although I was horribly unprepared for the Grand Canyon in late November, changed my life. I was blown away by the spectacular scenery and wished I had a better way of recording my memories.

Over the next few years I went on more trips around the country and eventually got my first DSLR. I had no idea what I was doing. The pictures I took were laughably bad, but I kept plugging away. Today, years later, I shoot exclusively black and white images using a large format film camera. I prefer the slow, methodical process, where quality is favored over quantity. Although some images on my site are digital, all new images will be developed and printed without the aid of any computer, by me, in my “darkroom” (it’s actually my garage with some curtains hung up, but whatever).

When I’m out on a trail, taking care of the landscape is of the highest importance to me. I adhere to the principles of the Nature First Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography, which advocates for these principles:

  1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.

  2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.

  3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.

  4. Use discretion if sharing locations.

  5. Know and follow rules and regulations.

  6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.

  7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles.