November 3, 2007

John Running







You'll find John Running at : his official site, Album of Erotica, photo.net, One Model Place, his books at Amazon, his space at deviantART.










"Kaylee Tirtan set"







Prolific photographer, John Running makes a creative, original and powerful work where he lovely combines strength and sensuality. I like his great compositions, his marvelous frames, the warmth of his colors, and above all his neverendless imagination.

Inspired by the great landscapes of Arizona and his gorgeous models that he loves to shoot with a deep respect, John Running has developped a style I never found anywhere.






His bio :

John Running has lived in Flagstaff, Arizona for the past 42 years. He has been making photographs for advertising, design and editorial clients for nearly 40 years.

He specializes in photographing people on location or in the studio. His photographs stand out because they have a style that is personally creative and graphically strong. Give him 1/125th of a second and he will give you so much more.









"Guadalupe Springs Mexico 7"





John Running has been photographing the female nude for all of his 40 years as a professional photographer.

The women he photographs are both sensual and strong. His photographs are collaboration with his models where there is room for each to express their creativity.


His work reminds us that eroticism is yet another culturally laden value that depends on choices made by its consumers to be effective.


Originally from Buffalo, New York, John Running studied Earth Sciences at the New Mexico School of Mines and then spent four years in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and West Indies. Afterward he studied for and received a degree in Anthropology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Now he shares his downtown Flagstaff studio with his daughter Raechel Marie.









"Natalia Rope 6"
Art Model Natalia Faina










"Joss 3"
Art Model Joceline











Photo assignments have taken him to Italy, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Scotland, The Galapagos Islands, Jordan, The West Bank, The Gaza Strip, and South America.
" His clients include Eastman Kodak, Polaroid, Nikon, Ilford, Coors Beer, Lee Jeans, U S West, Sterling Commerce and Canyon Records.

He has also published seven books including Honor Dance, Pictures for Solomon, Dancer, Halo of the Sun and Navajo Weaving Way.







Artist statement for the photo Exhibit "Genetic Imprints" held at Flagstaff Photography Center Gallery (august 2007) :




"Genetic Imprints 14"




The image comes first.

In the beginning, before there was language, there was a non-verbal way of comprehending the world. There was the image. Now, except in our dreams, we tend to translate images into words.



Recently I made a series of photographs in my studio of women with animal skulls. Now that I have made these images, as I am trying to find words, it comes to mind that these photos are more about something from our distant past – from all the way back to the time of the ice.

I recently read the idea that, back at the time of our emergence, the female - the woman - was more than a fertility deity. More than a mother, she was also the first practitioner of medicine and magic and that, in fact, she was the Creator. Back in our stone age emergence, God was female and this still imprints our genetic codes.


























For me, the image comes first. I see it in front of me – a woman holding an animal skull. I believe I suggest to the model that this is about life, not death. She works with some direction at first but soon it seems to me that as she carries and caresses her animal totem she becomes a soul carrier and spirit guide.

I react to this by submitting myself to the model and her intuitions. We become collaborators as we respond to genetic imprints.















The book "Genetic Imprints" is available here.

Genetic Imprints is a mook of a Photographic exhibition held at the Flagstaff Photography Center Gallery. It is a series of 21 photograph of nude models and wild animal skulls.






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