Thank you for taking the time to view my site.
Displayed is a wide collection of photographic work by me, Christopher Johnson, over the 20 + years I have been studying the art of photography.
In 1999 I took an introduction to photography B&W class with a friend. I wasn’t familiar with photography at all other than simple point and shoot or instant cameras. My dad gave me his SLR camera with a couple lenses years before, but I didn’t really use it that much. It was a little daunting for me with all the settings and adjustments that I would rather shoot with a simple camera whenever I did, which was not that much, but I needed a SLR camera for the course.
After a few weeks of class I began to be immersed in the art of photography. We went out to shoot assignments and I would get back to develop my film and enlarge the images only to realize what I needed to work on and back into the field I would go, shooting more images. We learned about all the great photographers like Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lang, Edward Weston, etc. After a few years I had taken all the classes offered by the college and wanted more. I found the New York Institute of Photography online courses which I enrolled and completed. It was at this time I got my hands on my first digital camera, an Olympus E-10. This thing was amazing. Instant images with good quality at 4MP. I was styling, however, now a paperweight, it taught me so much about photography. I can’t really use the images I took for anything more than memories, but what I learned was invaluable.
Fast forward 16 years and the digital camera technology is amazing, film is rarely ever used, and everyone has a camera everywhere they go; capturing virtually everything.
I am now living in Hawaii, not as a professional photographer, but as a journeyman electrician with my sights set on art. I love spending my time off creating and capturing all the amazing scenes around the Big Island of Hawaii. My favorite subject is the one that inspires me to get my camera out and shoot.
This website is a collection of my work and I hope you enjoy my journey.
– Christopher Johnson