After a computing career spanning nearly 30 years, John W. Snell shifted his focus to photography. He is very much in his element while toting 30 pounds of camera gear and trekking around Kentucky's Red River Gorge or other equally photogenic venues in the Smokies, North Carolina and West Virginia. He also enjoys photographing thoroughbred horse racing.
His work is characterized by saturated colors and he represents his subjects in ways that evoke smiles of wonder. Finding subjects and/or views which are fresh and which evoke thoughtful nods of appreciation from viewers is a challenge, indeed. The unpredictability of nature and a sense of wonder motivate him to produce new images that make us wish we could have been there. Every time out gives a promise that by being there, something to be savored in his mind and in camera might just happen..., and he doesn’t want to miss it!
His "Red River Gorge, The Eloquent Landscape," a 168-page coffee table book of photographs, was introduced in late 2006 and is already in its second printing. He teamed with Kentucky Author, Ron Elliott, to supply photos for the book "Through the Eyes of Lincoln, A Modern Photographic Journey," which was released in April, 2008. Snell is a juried member of The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. His work has won numerous awards, including “best of show” at Lexington Art League and Creative Camera Club competitions. His photographs have appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Keeneland, Popular Photography, The Lexington Herald-Leader and numerous other regional publications.