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The Hidden World of the Nearby

“...quality that rivals any achieved by America’s 19th-century landscape artists.”

—Boston Pheonix

“John Wawrzonek is clearly a virtuoso.”

—Boston Globe

PREFACE


The Purpose Of This Website

...is to find a permant home for my photographic work of the past 45 years.

The main collection is from 28 years of photographing the natural landscape primarily in New England with a 4 by 5 view camera and makeing prints up to 32" x 40" with the dye traansfer process. I have viewed making my own prints as important as making the original photographs, which includes in addition to the landscape images flower images of a kind, to the best of my knowledge, never done bofore. Additionally I have made digital interpretations of musical instruments that I believe have never been done before.

My work is of the highest aesthetic and technical quality and has been widely collected in the United States with a particularly strong presence in health care facilities in various Massachusetts hospitals and across the country to a collection at Kaiser Mermanante in California.

I have also spent eleven years photographing Waldenlden Pond and the surrounding area, an effort that includes two books, The Illuminated Walden published by Barnes and Noble and Walking published by the Nature Company.

In this site I attempt to document my career.

However, because of an aesthetic focus on texture and color, it is very important to see the actual prints, ranging in size from 20" x 24" to 44" by ten feet.

When Eastman Kodak discontinued the dye transfer process in 1993, with the aid of my associates I embarked on an effort to replace dye transfer with a pigment transfer process, work done in my gallery and laboratory in Worcester, Massachusetts. This effort included a position as CEO of EverColor Fine Art (a Sacramento company that I moved to Worcester) using a process adapted from the AgfaProof offset proofing system. A description of other processes we evaluated is in the printing secion of ABOUT. A list of sample prints in various process in included along with a list of prints from my current ink just printer.


This is my second career, begun in 1974. The first one, in music and engineering, ended in 1990 after 23 years on the staff of Bose Corporation. Professor Bose was my mentor at MIT and I was the 5th person to join his company.

But photography, or more broadly the visual arts, was always there and became a passion while I was still at Bose. Perhaps it was my transition into advertising and working regularly with the best professional photographers that made the difference. Some became life-long friends.

So I quit golfing and bought a 4 by 5 view camera and began exploring. But soon there was more than photographing as I found how essential was the quality of the print, and printing and dealing with the rapid conversion to digital became like a third career to the point of my becomeing CEO of EverColor, a fine art printing company. But there is still more.

As I found the United States (and much of the world) seeming to be on the verge of destroying the planet and possibly each other, the role of art in the spirit of human-kind came to seem critical and I write about that here, simply because it seems impossible not to.

When I left Bose Corporation in 1990, telling Dr. Bose I was leaving was not easy for we had become more than employee and mentor and I wanted him to understand how my life had changed. So I told him a short story.

Whenever the time was right for photographing I found myself awake before sunrise, without an alarm, with the feeling that in one of the places near home that I was constantly visiting, I felt there was a photograph there that I must take. His response: “I understand,” for he had a similar passion for research.

The image above is a detail from just such a photograph (below): an image looking into the tree canopy while leaning against the guardrail of the Mass Pike where I could be close to and above the treetops because the highway was on filled land overlooking a magnificent valley of trees. This image, Sunrise on Budding Maple Trees After Rain, was made about 15 miles west of Boston in 1983 at what I call the Weston Overlook. I photographed the Pike regularly for ten years.

Ironically, I am told that the fill I was standing on when taking this picture came from the hilltop (known as The Mountain) on which Bose Corporation was located.

Sunrise on Budding Maple Tress After Rain
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