About the Photographer

John Clark was born in 1957 and grew up in rural Maryland. For a family trip to Washington D.C. in 1974, he borrowed his high school science teacher's 35mm SLR camera, and was hooked on photography.

After high school, John pursued an undergraduate degree in chemistry. Continuing his education, he earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1986. John has followed a career in chemistry for the past 15 years while making photographs using 35mm and medium format cameras. Favorite subjects have been primarily landscapes, but also include portraits and photos of historic aircraft. While working with small and medium format cameras, he concluded that a larger negative was necessary to obtain the intense detail and crispness that marks the kind of landscape photography he wanted to pursue. In 1999, he built his first large format camera from a build-it-yourself kit. With this camera, John totally immersed himself in large format photography. Several of the early photos on this website were taken with this first, hand-built camera. Using the home made camera for about a year allowed John to determine that large format photography gives him the right tool for expressing his photographic vision; he then obtained 4x5 and 8x10 field cameras, the 8x10 camera shown in the photo on this page. He has used these two cameras almost exclusively since. With these cameras and the large negatives that result, the full detail in the western landscape can be captured on film, and subsequently expressed in John's prints.

John uses his own synthesis of techniques taught by Ansel Adams, John Sexton, and Fred Picker for both creating the photographs and producing traditional black and white silver gelatin prints. Long hours in his darkroom have honed John's development and printing techniques. Favorite locales for dramatic photographs have included Owens Valley and the Mammoth Mountain area, Joshua Tree, Death Valley and Yosemite National Parks, in addition to the San Diego coastal areas. Married to geologist Margaret Eggers, many of John's best photo locations are also areas of intense geologic interest. Trips to visit family in Florida have also resulted in some lovely photographs of lakes and beaches of the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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Updated 7/14/15