I may have inherited the photographer gene from my grandfather. He was a major portrait photographer in the early 1900's in Salt Lake City, and his oldest daughter, my Aunt Helen, owned The J. Albin Christenson Photo Studio in Los Angeles for many years. I spent my high school summer vacations in the national parks and monuments of the southwest U.S. and brought home excellent imagery of the natural wonders found there. I earned a college degree in photography and applied it to a career in people photography, including weddings, and then worked as a commercial/industrial photographer for 4 years. I took a major left turn in 1974 to craft a varied, fascinating and successful 30-year career involving limousines within the Hollywood entertainment industry, hence, the "Limo" John.
I made good my escape and am retired from all that for 14 years now. My time is finally entirely my own to travel extensively to visually interesting and exotic locales where I re-ignited my latent passion for photography big time! It's light years more than a very serious hobby for me. I not only see the world through the eyes of a trained and experienced photographer, but my senses and instincts are on constant high alert for experiencing people, places and events of real and personal interest to me, both far and near. The nature and quality of light, shadow, composition, humor, change, progression, anticipation, planning, variety, alternatives, perspective, mystery and just about anything that stimulates my senses and emotions is now at play at all times. I now have a sense of being present, in the moment, much more than ever before as a direct result of my passion for this photography thing. Point me in the direction of an iceberg, the northern lights, people "acting up", anything truly unique or unconventional, and I'm a happy guy. Add humor, counterculture and incongruity to the mix and I’m really in my element. That's me.