John Wimberley

 "Decending Angel", Silver gelatin print, Image size: 11 3/8"x10" Paper size: 14"x11", 1983.

"Decending Angel", Silver gelatin print, Image size: 11 3/8"x10" Paper size: 14"x11", 1983.

Biography (b. 1945)

Wimberley was born in Paget, Bermuda, in 1945. As a child, John was fascinated with fairy tales and myths, which he feels had a major influence on his later work. He first became involved with photography while serving in the Navy during the 1960's. As an aviation electronics technician on aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War, John's first pictures were of flight operations. Upon his discharge in 1967, he avidly pursued color street and landscape photography. Unfortunately almost all this work, totaling more than 10,000 slides, was lost to water damage. The direction of John's photography took a radical shift in February 1969. A profound experience while photographing a group of trees in Canyon del Puerto, California caused him to switch to black and white. More importantly, his began to focus exclusively on what he perceived as spiritual aspects of the world. He began a long-term study of Jungian psychology, shamanism and spiritual disciplines. The need to earn a living as an electronics technician limited his time for photography to lunchtimes, evenings, weekends and vacations. The year 1973 brought his first one-man show. Reviewing it, Artweek Magazine noted: "His prints are not merely technically correct, but wonderfully alive." In 1983 John had the first of two, two-man exhibitions with Ansel Adams. During the 1970 and 1980's, John's emphasis was on the landscape. He photographed repeatedly at locations that to him conveyed spiritual power, returning to certain locations for more than twenty-five years. Many exhibitions followed to rising acclaim. In 1981, he made a series of photographs of a woman underwater, which resulted in his acclaimed image, "Descending Angel". That year John published Presence, a limited edition portfolio of twelve prints. He also left electronics to devote his full time and energy to photography, and has lived from print sales ever since.