Before moving to the Northwest, I had many opportunities to photograph in Asia, Europe and Mexico, as well as in my long-term home state of New Mexico. I work in all camera formats, but favor infrared and high-speed B&W films for interpretive images.  Nearly everything displayed here is based on printing in my own darkroom.

Please Browse the site using the button to the left (or top, for mobile). My work is organized as Landscapes, Motorcycles, and various side projects - Waterfalls, Ghost Towns, you name it. Most of my new work in 2017-20 has been in the Waterfalls and Ghost Town areas, but I try to be open to all opportunities.

The featured image today marks a return to shooting at the stone quarry near Cabinet Gorge, Idaho. In a winter trip last year I noticed expanded displays of old cars and trucks, but could only get a few views due to heavy snow. I returned with the 4x5 view camera and got lucky with the weather. Two Metropolitans guard the entrance to the quarry as the owner keeps adding to his collection. He could have chosen matching trucks from his large inventory, but instead staged these two examples of simpler  time. I'm glad I made another trip to get this image.                     

Please send your comments to john.olsen337@gmail.com. All of these images are available for purchase.

Metropolitans on Guard

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