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John Barker


Telephone: 905 649-1081
Email: alana@johnbarker.ca
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Many of my images attempt to awaken a moment, long over but still immediate, alive and full of narrative energy. Visually discovering, telling and saving these stories gives me great satisfaction and a sense of connection that draws me back to the pictures again and again.

I live in what was once rural Ontario. Since arriving in Claremont 15 years ago, I've watched the landscape change as the city marches inexorably towards the country.

Ghosts of the farmhouses, barns and outbuildings, that were once the lifeblood of their rural communities, are quickly weathering into a forgotten past. Look closely and the presence of generations of families resonate in the things that they touched, the doors they opened and structures that protected them from the forces of nature they tried to tame.

Many of my images attempt to awaken a moment, long over ' but still immediate, alive and full of narrative energy. Visually discovering, telling and saving these stories gives me great satisfaction and a sense of connection that draws me back to the pictures again and again.

And I believe they tell stories that want to be shared.

 

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John has always been inspired by the visual and performance arts. An early love of photography was complimented by his passion for theatre and filmmaking. After he completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, John went to England for professional theatre training and then moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California Film School.

After finishing his Master of Fine Arts degree, he worked in film editing in L.A. before returning to Canada. Since then John's work as a television writer, producer and director has won numerous awards. In the 1990s, digital technology rekindled his interest and creative connection with still photography. His images reflect a synthesis of his many years experience in the arts of film, video, editing and photography.

John lives in Claremont, Ontario, Canada with his wife and son. Much of his recent work comes from that ever-changing landscape which is rich in history and visual possibilities.