Photo: Mike Brown

John Collins is a passionate photographer with varied interests in lens-based practice, including underwater, landscape, urban and contemporary. A keen observer of light and life, John learned the craft of photography in commercial, wedding and portraiture, before moving to a career in healthcare. This gave him the flexibility to concentrate on personal projects, including his books Cool Waters/Emerald Seas (2006), Shortcut (2019) and numerous magazine features, commissions and Arts Festival projects.

We seek to understand by observing what is around us. Seeing the world, and our place in it, as slices of time and light compels visual expression. Meditative moments, intentionally drawn, drive my photographic vision. Exploring materials, optics and technology enables varied consideration of light and moment, sometimes predictably, but also unexpectedly. Nurturing a lifelong sense of wonder and seizing the opportunity as it arises drives this compulsion to pause, interpret and float this vision out there.’

John holds a Certificate in Professional Photography (2001) and has more recently studied Re-Approaching Photography with the Open College of the Arts. He works primarily with Micro Four Thirds system cameras but maintains a film-based practice using medium-format, pinhole and wet-plate collodion materials. John also enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge through presentations and workshops.