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John Carter Biography

My interest in photography began while attending college in Philadelphia. It started with the school newspaper and I shot with a simple (but much loved) Pentax K-1000. Soon after I was doing family portraits in the JC Penny stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. I quickly found my real passion of Landscape and Nature photography and was then destined to eat peanut butter and potatoes for many years while all my money went into film and processing. I got smart and took a job with Ritz Camera Centers where I became a Technical Service Manager, installing and repairing the one-hour film processing machines.

As I became inspired by other photographers, I decided to teach myself professional photography by assisting other photographers and devouring every photo magazine I could beg, borrow or steal. I was able to acquire a Bogen studio light and a light meter and I set off taking portraits professionally. Later, a friend asked me if I could photograph his wedding. I (of course) said yes, but would not charge because I couldn’t guarantee the results. It turned out well, the word spread, and I began shooting events of all types. As time went on, I shot professionally in a variety of genres and acquired many clients, including Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland Medical System, Military Sealift Command, Westpoint Military Academy and a host of local business and institutions. All the time, I was still developing my skills in Landscape and Nature.

For a few years I branched out into web (and graphic) design, which was a great compliment to my photography. In 2011, I went back to school to study visual arts, and ironically, this prompted me to retire from professional photography. These years also provided me the opportunity to travel and photograph within every state in America (sans Hawaii), Canada, and throughout the Caribbean. I went on to get a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design and by day I do corporate multi-media work and create online education.

My first love remains Landscape, Nature and Wildlife photography with a sprinkle of other creative venues. The Art Dealer who represented me semi-retired in 2018, and I now find myself in the process of creating a new model for my photography (and design) business. As a more introverted type person, I am challenged by announcing myself to the world and going public with my work. I have joined the “Central Maryland Photographers Guild” where I have met new creatives and been provided a lot of direction. I look forward to entering contests and exhibiting my work in a variety of venues. Change has always been an exciting thing for me, and I must say that I am exhilarated!

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