John, then and now
I was born in a small Canadian city, across the St. Lawrence River from Upstate New York. In my first year of high school, I started developing and printing balck and white film — an interest which quickly became a passion that has lasted throughout my life.
After high school, I decided to travel a bit before university. I ended up landing my first job at a magazine, as a photograper, in 1979; and by the summer of 1980, I was living in the Yukon Territory, earning the tuition for my first year at university. In the 1980s, I worked as a photographer in Canada's North; studied philosophy at university; helped start up the Green Party of Canada; and started studying taijiquan.
1989 saw me moving back to Vancouver in British Columbia, where I began to to study taijiquan in earnest. I soon connected with a small newspaper (called "NOISE"), where I was given the position of Photo Editor. I also took on the role of Environmental Columnist, and became involved in the campaign to save the Carmanah Valley from logging. I began to immerse myself in desktop publishing and digital photo editing. By mid-decade, I had an article published by Semiotext[e] in their "Canadas" edition; and was well into a research project detailing the form of image writing traditionally used by the First Nations of North America.