JC Findley







JC Findley

JC Findley

Pensacola, FL


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.



Beaumont Jefferson Theater by JC Findley


The Grand Canyon Overlook by Kyle Findley


Kansas Timber Rattlesnake Closeup by JC Findley


Remnants of Saturday Night by JC Findley


John Deere by JC Findley


Reclamation by JC Findley


Rolling Toomer's Black and White by JC Findley


An Auburn University Sunday Morning by JC Findley


The Intersection Of Magnolia and College by JC Findley


South Walton Zen by JC Findley


Kingsnake on the Kansas Plains by JC Findley


Downtown Bayou La Batre Black and White by JC Findley


Portrait of a Cottonmouth by JC Findley


The Texas Rangers by JC Findley


Ready to Strike by Kyle Findley


Feisty by JC Findley


Dallas PD Mounted Unit by JC Findley


Rainbow on the Boardwalk of Pensacola Beach by JC Findley


The Speckled Kingsnake by JC Findley


Phantoms Phorever by JC Findley


The Mighty Bone by JC Findley


The Orange Beach Skyline by JC Findley


Into the Gulf at Orange Beach by JC Findley


Auburn University Georgia Flag by JC Findley


Gulf State Park in Orange Beach by JC Findley


The Pier on Orange Beach by JC Findley


Old Time Religion in Black and WHite by JC Findley


A Religious Experience by JC Findley


The View from Long Island City by JC Findley


The Railroad Spike Knife by JC Findley


Winfield Kansas Double Truss Bridge by Kyle Findley


Gardenia Swirl by JC Findley


Repurposed by JC Findley


Semper Fidelis by JC Findley


Paths in South Walton by JC Findley


Sabine Inlet by JC Findley


Sunset Over South Walton by JC Findley


Crossing The Colorado by JC Findley


MC-130J by JC Findley


Mike In Purple And Gold by JC Findley


Welcome To Death Valley by JC Findley


The Dallas Night Skyline by JC Findley


The Bayou Bengal by JC Findley


The Elephant by JC Findley


Union 76 Station by JC Findley


Alabama Capitol Building in Black and White by JC Findley


Alabama State Capitol Building by JC Findley


Turn On The Light by JC Findley