Doug’s love of photography was born around 50 years ago when he was hitchhiking through Europe, his father's 35mm Ansco bellows camera in hand. He soon discovered he had a talent for turning the reality around him into evocative images, through subtlety of lighting and simplified compositions. But the most important lesson he learned was fine tuning a natural ability of capturing an image at the “decisive moment”.
Once back in Canada, Doug continued to pursue his passion for taking pictures, but university, family, and his business in Toronto took up most of his time. Doug enrolled in as many photography courses time would allow, joined the Toronto Camera Club and concentrated on taking portraits of families and school graduation portraits. Doug attended a week long workshop with Freeman Patterson, certificate courses at Ryerson University and attended the week long Maine Photography Workshops, where he was introduced to fine art photography.
Studying the History of Photography at Ryerson was a turning point for Doug. Through studying the work of famous photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Andre Kertesz, his interest in Street Photography was stirred. Even today, Doug considers Street Photography his most rewarding work.
Doug's first opportunity to pursue photography as a business occurred in 2004 when he moved to Prince Edward County. His photographs have been exhibited and sold at the Side Street Gallery in Wellington, the Regent Theatre in Picton and Arts on Main Gallery in Picton. He has also shown his photographs in Art in the County, The Prince Edward County Studio Tour and The Makers Hand in Picton, as well as assisting in the formation of the CLIC Photography Show that was held annually each summer in Picton.
Doug Johnson’s thought-provoking award winning fine art photographs capture the ordinary moments and objects in our day-to-day life and magically transform them into something special, providing a unique and whimsical view of the world around us.
Doug now resides in Cobourg Ontario where he continues to pursue his love of photography, including a Juror’s Award at the annual AGN juried show and Best of Bhow at the Spark Photography Festival in Peterborough.