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JC Findley

JC Findley

Pensacola, FL

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A little about me:

I was raised a military brat and lived all around the US growing up. I went to Auburn University then joined the Air Force upon graduation. In the Air Force I flew B-1B bombers, T-37 and T-38 trainers and KC-135s. I retired from the Air National Guard after 21 years of service. I was also an airline pilot for Midwest Airlines where I flew DC-9s, MD-80s and Boing 717s. All of Midwest’s flight-crews were outsourced in 2008 and now I make my living selling art and various other jobs in the Florida Panhandle.

A little about art:

Like many photographers I received my first camera as a gift at some ridiculously young age. Like many I am passionate about it to the point of obsession. I have been shooting film for 20 plus years and made the shift to the digital age a few years ago. But you have probably read similar things 100 times on various online bios.

Art is a very subjective thing. You either like something or you do not; simple as that. Photographic art seems even a bit more subjective to me. With the explosion of the digital age it seems just about anyone that buys a DSLR at Walmart calls themselves a “Fine Art Photographer.” Perhaps they all are and I am not one to judge. But with that there seems to be a pervasive view that anyone with a digital camera can produce the images you find on fine art sites like this one. Another view is that all it takes is a “really nice camera” to produce those “really nice images.” Perhaps…….

No one ever questions if a painting is art. There are certainly different levels of talent within the painting population but very rarely is it questioned as to whether it is art or not. Lets be honest; not everyone can paint well. This is every bit as true when it comes to photographic art as well. Someone either has artistic vision or they do not. If you have it, it can certainly be nurtured and enhanced but I am of the opinion that it cannot simply be taught. The technical aspects of photography can certainly be taught and are a must to offer the highest level of image quality available. The equipment photographers choose to use do nothing more than expand the limitations of our art. I have seen truly artistic images shot with an Iphone and I have seen junk produced with a $45,000 Leica. What makes something art is how we use the tools at our disposal no matter how much or little we have spent on that equipment.

That said, to produce an image that will look good as a 48 inch print hanging on your wall requires expensive equipment. My style of art also requires dedication and perseverance. While a painter might produce those images in the comfort of his or her warm living room I might get up at 2:00 AM and drive three hours then hike a mile in three feet of snow to be in the right place at the right time to capture the perfect light. The thing is that perfect light is rare and often I have to repeat that process ten or twenty times before I finally capture the scene in the beautiful light I was seeking. In other words these images cost a lot more to produce than the cost of photographic paper and printer ink.

I treat my photographic adventures as half military operation and all the planning that goes into such things and half “Indiana Jones” adventure and all the unexpected twists and dangers that come with that. Planning will get you on the side of a mountain cliff to get the right angle. But when that cliff is suddenly soaked by an unpredicted rain shower it is an adventure and takes some ingenuity to get off that cliff. My belt is still on that mountain side. I have stepped in quicksand, got frostbite, had chiggers and poison ivy in places where you really don’t want either. I have made my way around venomous snakes and alligators. Perhaps anyone with a digital camera can produce images just like mine and there are others willing to go to extremes to get “that” image. Absolutely anyone is welcome to come with me on my adventures but it is rare that I get any takers…..

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the end result as much as I enjoy my adventures bringing it to you.

JC

 

Drama on the Plains by JC Findley

 

Rolling Toomer's Corner by JC Findley

 

Roll Tide Roll by JC Findley

 

White Velvet Magnolia by JC Findley

 

Bike Fort Morgan Beaches by JC Findley

 

Crayola by JC Findley

 

Mileage to Paradise by JC Findley

 

The Cafe Du Monde by JC Findley

 

The Broadwater Beach Marina Light by JC Findley

 

Love in Fort Morgan by JC Findley

 

Sisters by JC Findley

 

Moonrise Over Castle Rock by JC Findley

 

A Western Kansas Sunrise by JC Findley

 

The Kansas Badlands by JC Findley

 

Layers in the Kansas Badlands by Kyle Findley

 

The Big Well Black and White by JC Findley

 

The Big Well by JC Findley

 

West Kansas Economics by JC Findley

 

The Liberty Memorial Black and White by JC Findley

 

The Kansas City Liberty Memorial by JC Findley

 

The Kansas City Skyline by JC Findley

 

Downtown Wichita by JC Findley

 

Wichita Chalk Talk by JC Findley

 

The Mississippi Gulf Coast by JC Findley

 

A Blank Canvas in Fort Morgan by JC Findley

 

Primordial Sunrise by JC Findley

 

The Blue Fish by JC Findley

 

The Fort Morgan Tiki Bar by JC Findley

 

Closeup of a Snapping Turtle by JC Findley

 

NOLA by JC Findley

 

Victory At Sea by JC Findley

 

Louisiana Shrimping by JC Findley

 

Warmth Triptych 1 by JC Findley

 

Warmth Triptych 2 by JC Findley

 

War Damn Target Shooting by JC Findley

 

Warmth Triptych 3 by JC Findley

 

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Black and White by JC Findley

 

Closeup of an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake by JC Findley

 

In The Florida Pines by Tyler Findley

 

Old School Bridge by JC Findley

 

Heading South Over Uphapee Creek by JC Findley

 

Over the Uphapee Black and White by JC Findley

 

Lonely Roads Black and White by JC Findley

 

Uphapee Creek Bridge Sepia by JC Findley

 

Across Uphapee Creek by JC Findley

 

Autumn at Bean's Gristmill by JC Findley

 

Bean's Gristmill in Black and White by JC Findley

 

Macon County by JC Findley