Art Exhibit: Photography by John Whedon
A collection of photographs from New Hampshire's own John E. Whedon will be on display through the end of February at the Forest Society's Conservation Center in Concord.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, John is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in Accounting and Business Management. With a lifelong interest in photography, John has almost always had a camera in hand, even while pursuing other careers. As an EMT with a busy ambulance service, he often took and provided photographs for training purposes; as a police officer, he photographed accident and crime scenes. John and his wife Marg opened a portrait and wedding studio in 1982, and it became a full time venture in 1986. They attended many continuing education seminars and schools of photography to hone their skills. The studio became very popular with their innovative approach to photographing young adults for their senior high portrait needs. And the memory books they produced for wedding couples were outstanding, keeping a steady flow of young couples wanting their wedding day covered by the team at Whedon’s Photography.
While both John and Marg still shoot an occasional wedding, some family portraits and create a few senior high school portraits each year, full time “brick and mortar” portrait studios are becoming a thing of the past. Today, Whedon’s Photography works mostly on location to capture images, and with digital enhancement applications and their own high quality photographic printing equipment, most production and finish work takes place right in their home. This has enabled John to take on some commercial work, which requires meeting short deadlines for the delivery of the finished product.
In semi-retirement, John has had time to pursue his real love . . . scenic and wildlife photography. Traveling to Yellowstone National Park and driving cross-country have enabled him to pursue his passion. More recently he is spending much time during the summer months on the ocean and along the shorelines of New Hampshire and Maine. John also enjoys hiking to remote areas where he can find subjects in their natural habitat. The Whedons have developed their back yard, on a small city lot, into an oasis for birds, attracting over thirty species to a variety of feeders and plantings. Bird photography has become a specialty for John. However, in working with any subject matter, John uses his skills as a photographer and his newfound skills in digital enhancement to produce many kinds of photography that are truly a work of art.
All of the photographs in this exhibit are for sale, and a portion of sales will benefit the Forest Society's conservation work.
The Conservation Center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is in the center's main conference room, which is used for meetings, so please call ahead at (603) 224-9945 to plan your visit at a time when no meetings are scheduled.