After a computing career spanning nearly 30 years, John W. Snell shifted his focus to photography. He is very much in his element while toting 30 pounds of camera gear and trekking around Kentucky's Red River Gorge or other equally photogenic venues in the Smokies, North Carolina and West Virginia that are within easy driving distance. He also enjoys photographing cityscapes and thoroughbred horse racing. This award-winning photographer’s style is characterized by saturated colors and he attempts to represent his subjects in ways that evoke smiles of wonder from those viewing his work.
John’s work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography and Keeneland magazines, TIME books, McGraw-Hill books, as well as numerous local publications. His Red River Gorge, The Eloquent Landscape, a 168-page coffee table book of photographs, was introduced in late 2006 and is quickly went into a second printing. Nearly 100 of his photographs grace the pages of Through the Eyes of Lincoln, A Modern Photographic Journey, which was released in April, 2008.
John’s images are marketed through galleries and gift shops throughout Kentucky. He also sells his work at art fairs throughout the region. Corporate buyers of his work include Kentucky American Water Company, Norton Brownsboro Hospital (Louisville, KY) and Eli Lily (Indianapolis, IN). His photographs are displayed in hotels, hospitals and other public and private venues throughout the country. In addition, he conducts photographic workshops and provides digital printing services for other artists and photographers.
John has been a member of the Creative Camera Club since 1988, and has served on the board of directors for most of that time, four years being as president. He has won the Advanced Color Photographer of the Year award three times. A native Kentuckian, he resides in Lexington with his wife, Anne.
Beginnings as a farm boy
I have to be open to what’s around me
Being able to bring back what Iv’e seen and share it with people