Featured Member Gallery: John B Chandler

Started Apr 27, 2009 | Discussions thread
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Steve Grooms
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Featured Member Gallery: John B Chandler
Apr 27, 2009

It is fun to find less prominent OTFers who have superb galleries, but sometimes you have to pay respect to the obvious giants. For us, that is John Chandler, a photographer's photographer, the closest thing OTF has to a working professional. If a rusty truck parked in front of a white mission with Coca Cola ads painted on the mission walls, you wouldn't want any other photographer in the world to record it

The gallery: http://www.pbase.com/johnchandler/root

John's gallery is huge and just bulging with gorgeous shots. We think of him for his white churches and wobegone farm trucks, but put him in a lush jungle or the neon jungles of Los Angeles, and he is just as accomplished. Be sure to check out "Hodge Podge," the sub-gallery with most variety.

My favorite John Chandler image:

John is a duck. Above the water, he seems imperturbable and serene. Under the water, he's paddling furiously, artfully PPing to get his intended results. The best trick he knows is how to make these images look so simple and naturally right, although he often works furiously to get them that way. But so it is with the great ones in any activity: they make it look simpler than it is.

Though I've been joking a little, there is a quality in John's photography of ultimate respect--even reverence--for the sort of spare beauty he finds in central Texas. A man who has nothing to prove any more in photography still CARES enough to make it right. Really right. John, our hats are off to you. We are honored by your presence here.

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