Introducing Good John
With an incredible eye for portraiture work on 35mm, Good John is AEVOE's newest Melbourne photographic recruit. Exploring themes of gender, masculinity and their connection to landscape, take a look at Good John's work below.
Why do you shoot on 35mm?
I shoot with 35mm because it forces me to look - to consciously compose and consider each element of the image because in the back of my mind I know I have only a certain amount of exposures. This pattern of actively looking trains my eye and sharpens my perspective.
Where do you look when trying to find creative inspiration?
Honestly, I never solicit inspiration because it's always there... everywhere within my quotidian. I think seeking inspiration (especially if it is from outside oneself) is a dangerous practice for a creative. I just tend to get on with my day (or night); where I am as excessively active or inactive as I feel I need to be, and from there things naturally materialise.
How would you describe the Melbourne creative scene at the moment?
I think the Melbourne creative scene is on the edge of detonating something wonderful and extraordinary. It is bursting at the seams with so many talented, aware and brave creatives who are finding (strength in) their voices to talk about, and really take on, some very topical yet necessarily relevant issues…. and so I think it's really exciting!
Where do you hope photography takes you in the future?
Well, haha... I don't know really! No, I do know but my dreams (which are often mercurial) are just too many. Tomorrow I'm doing a shoot with Harley and I know it will just be a soul smiling, fun filled day… so for now that's enough.
What cameras do you shoot on, do you see yourself changing in the near future?
I primarily use a Minolta Dynax 600si, it belonged to my parents and it was the camera I took my first photographs on. I don't really see myself chaining in the near future, I like this camera… I have a sort of connection to it that keeps things simple and me honest in a way. I do also carry with me a small Canon Prima Junior DX that I bought in Hong Kong, which I use as a quick point and shoot.