John Francis Peters is 34, his “home home” is NY but he has been nomadic for the past year and right now, he is living in the Los Angeles region.
I’ve been engaged with traveling and exploring from a very young age. Some of my earliest memories are from following my uncle and his dog “Sticks” along winding streams to find fishing holes in the Catskills. There was a cross country trip I made with my grandmother, from the Hudson Valley to Los Angeles in her white pickup truck. Watching America pass by day after day, the endless horizon thru Indiana, breaking down in the Rocky Mountains, the lights of Las Vegas peaking over desert hills late one night, it was all so magical and left a powerful imprint.
These journeys were in many ways an escape from hard times I was having at home and when they were over I found myself surrendering to a deep sense of melancholy. I never wanted the experiences to end, that movement into the unknown was what gave me life.
I think that is what initially drew me to photography and what keeps me going. I’m following a powerful urge to go out and collaborate with the world. That interaction then reveals it’s own story thru the image. Photography is a tool I can use to bridge this desire to create and explore. It gives me a voice, documents time I share with people and serves as a meeting place for dialogue.
I’m still seeking that perfected bridge from whats going on out there to whats happening inside. My inspiration surrounding this process comes from many other artists whom in their own incredible ways are attempting to think and speak about this greater meaning flowing thru all. I’m inspired by people who embrace free thinking and are in touch with the idea that images or music or words are not just about the surface but more so about the underlying dimensions they can reveal.