John Barrett has spent his entire professional career mastering the control of light, form, texture, and composition to create the most aesthetically pleasing fine art photography.
However, the pursuit of personal growth in fine art photography— the creation of the image to please JB’s own personal expectations— has only grown in recent years.
The human form has always been John’s subject of choice. His decades of fashion photography have allowed him to see that form in so many beautiful ways. However, it was the discovery of dance or, more specifically, the dancers that lit the creative challenge of creating Fine Art Photography.
Now, whether it’s fine art nude photography or the beauty and strength of his dance photography, John Barrett has created beautiful photography art prints for you to appreciate and own.
John’s love of fine art black and white photography is legendary. Having spent many ‘overnighters’ in the darkroom chasing that elusive master print, new technologies have now allowed him to take his images further than ever before and offer them as fine art photography prints of exceptional depth and mood.
Recently, his exploration of subtle mixed colours and dark, painterly expression have added another layer to his creation of beautiful fine art photography prints.
We don’t pretend to know the unique style of the space you want to display JB’s stunning images which is why we offer all images as unframed, leaving the final presentation up to you!
I spent a large portion of my life thinking that to raise my consciousness and live a rewarding life I had to eradicate any dark thoughts and only live in the light. I thought of this as growing my Self and eradicating my Ego.
I very slowly came to the realisation that most of the growth I had achieved came from this inner ‘dark’ strength and those qualities that are frowned upon to show in polite company. It was only through the balance of dark and light that we realised our goals— yet this remained unspoken.
Instead, we are now subjected to the superficiality of social media, where beauty is measured in the skin deep veneer shown in a selfie, an easy life is achieved without toil, and these ‘successes’ are always beyond the reach of we lesser mortals.
The Japanese speak of three faces.
The face we show the world.
The face we show our family and closest friends.
The face we only show ourselves.
It is this last face that interests me, though I would replace the word “face” with “Self.”
As a fashion photographer, my subject matter has been the human form for decades. My lot was to depict the veneer as delicate and beautiful and never to peer under this artifice.
Then I discovered dance and, more specifically, the dancers.
It was because of their hidden qualities— their tenacity, ferocity, sensuality and pain both physical and mental— that they manifested the grace and beauty we observe, all with a fixed smile upon their ‘world’ face.
The yin and yang of this conflict intrigued me.
How to show the censored darkness and not just the accepted light.
What did this look like?
The more I explored that which was hidden, the darker my images became.
My pursuit expands now to all human subjects, moving further away from the lightness of being and of living for momentary beauty.
My images attempt to capture that which is roiling within— strength, tenacity, ferocity and even aggression, anger and pain. To mix it on the palette with those qualities expected, and bring forth an image of one’s true presentation to the world.
Perhaps, from my perspective, to portray One’s True Self.
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