About John Stork

A few notes about me...


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I have had an active career, working globally in advertising and management consulting, combined with an enduring enthusiasm for art and photography.

I've carried a camera ever since borrowing my father's Rolleiflex at age 10, which was follwed by a Box Brownie for my 11th birthday. For years I just documented our lives, but more recently I have seen photography as a way to make images that tell stories and challenge perceptions. Art. 

Art has always been a passion. While based in London, I went back to drawing and painting in the evenings at St Martins. Then, after a foundation course at the Slade School of Art, I had an 'a-ha' moment: one can be just as creative with a camera!

My Focus
People have always been my main interest - their environments, lifestyles and portraits. But I also love graphics, urban scenes, boats and seascapes. I'm occasionally seduced by a landscape or nature, but if possible I'll be looking for people in the frame.

Colour is a feature of my work. I grew up in an era of black and white images, and was really excited when colour became widely available. I'm still excited, but also admire some of the  black and white work of other photographers.

Cameras and Equipment
I have almost always used Nikon cameras, and still do. I have had flirtations with innovative mirrorless cameras from Leica and Fuji, both of which have great lenses, but I was pleased when the Z mirrorless series was introduced by Nikon in 2018. The Nikon Z7 is a full frame (35mm equivalent) camera with a high-resolution sensor and I now use two of these exclusively, both for travel and in the studio.

Over the years I have built up a collection of excellent Nikon lenses, many of which are being replaced by the even-better, new Z mirrorless 'glass'. There are strobes and speedlights for studio photography, where I can shoot tethered. I use Lightroom and Photoshop for processing raw files.

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