Hey, I’m John (although most call me Biz),
The first camera I had was a hand-me-down Canon Rebel from my mother in high school. It was enormous, took blurry pictures and I loved it. There is something special about documenting a moment in time, a moment in someone's life that feels permanent, regardless of what happened before or after. As I’ve outgrown my old Canon, I’ve realized the importance of capturing moments and their participants with perspective and emotion. There is nothing more impactful than when a photo makes you feel a certain way or leaves an imprint. Photos have always felt, to me, sort of like climbing Mount Everest - Everest grows a tiny amount each second and everyone who climbs it has climbed the highest mountain in the world, until the next person walks up behind them. Each climber’s Everest is different than that which came before. And every photo of something is different than the one that came before, because no one else can see what you see through a lens, you can capture it just as you see it.
As I was growing up my cameras got smaller and faster, but their purpose never changed. My family and I have had the incredible privilege of traveling extensively to amazing locations - places that shoot the photos themselves. True adventure began river rafting through the Grand Canyon at the age of 12, and I still remember the names of each rapid. We took dog sleds through Canada's Northwest Territory, safaried in Africa, bathed elephants in Chiang Mai, climbed to Machu Picchu, trekked to the Tiger's Nest Temple in Bhutan, and crossed the Drake passage on our way to visit penguins on Antarctica. Even in the halls of power as a staffer in Barack Obama’s White House. The adventure Hasn't stopped and I hope it never does.
I’ve spent my career careening from political campaign to campaign culminating in a staff job at the White House under President Barack Obama. Campaigns are a journey unto themselves, each unique and complicated. They provide an amazing canvas for people who care so much about what they are doing that they volunteer time and resources to help others. Likewise, at the White House I found the most impassioned staff, dedicated to leaving this world a better place. It was a truly remarkable experience, and each photo I took encapsulates an powerful place at a certain moment in time.
These days I shoot with a Sony Alpha series. I hope you enjoy the photos, check out the store, and let me know what you think!