My name is John Rodman and I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I have gradually become more involved in photography over the past 16 years. Early on I shot only color digital photographs. I love to travel and brought my camera with me everywhere I went, including Mexico, Guatemala, Norway, Canada, and many areas within the greater 48 states (Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Chicago, NYC, Napa Valley, and San Francisco). Landscapes, rural and urban are my passion. Photographers I have studied and who continue to inspire me include Ansel Adams, Bruce Barnbaum, Jack Dykinga, Dorothea Lange, Tom Till, and Edward Weston. I have experienced some degree of success across a variety of venues the past few years. My achievements include being accepted into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition for Photography 4 times (acceptance rate is approximately 10-15%), being awarded first prize in the Northeast Minneapolis Art Association's 2013 Fall Fine Arts show (140 entries), having a photo accepted for permanent installation in a branch of the Minneapolis Public Library, being represented by a gallery in Lisbon, and being one of a few Minnesota photographers to have photos selected for the decor of a local hotel.
Over the past few years I have developed an interest in black and white fine-art photography and shooting analog (film) versus digital. I now work almost exclusively in black and white, and use both film and digital mediums. You may ask why black and white versus color? I believe the absence of color facilitates the emergence of other visual elements in the environment, including tonality, texture, form, pattern, and quality of light. As an inspiring fine-art photographer my goal is simple: "to convey to the viewer as accurately as possible what was felt at the moment of capture" (Ansel Adams).