Monday, September 1, 2014

John Pocklington - Photography

John Pocklington

Name: John Pocklington
City/State: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Email: jp at
Facebook page:
Twitter: @jpockphoto

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

I'm more of a photojournalist type of a shooter. I always have a camera of some kind with me, looking and waiting to capture next great image. I don't have one particular subject I like to photograph. I just do the best I can to capture life as it unfolds in front of me. When it comes right down to it, it’s not so much about the subject matter but the technique used to capture/creating the image as well as capturing the emotion of that moment either in one or multiple images.

Right now I do a lot of High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography with landscapes/nature and other open spaces. Instead of showing the natural reality of the landscape, I like to alter the image through HDR techniques and present a slightly different reality.

I have a variety of other ongoing projects that can be seen through my Instagram account. The Godzilla vs', “What’s In The Dumpster Today” and my 30 Days of Biking images seem to be three projects people like so far.

How did you decide to become an artist?

I don’t know if I really decided to become an artist. I never had to sit down and decide to be a photographer or image maker. It was natural progression of events, strong interest in photography and instinct that led me to where I am today. I think it was something I was destined to do.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

I don’t recall on getting any real good advice other than the cliche stuff. However, there are a couple of quotes I like from one of my favorite photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson “You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” and “Of course it’s all luck.”

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?
I’m pretty active in keeping my name out there through various social media outlets. Instagram is my primary outlet when I want to share an image or a moment with the rest of the world. I also have my website that I will be updating soon which will have buying options for my images. 

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?

I like going to the Walker Sculpture Garden as well as the Minneapolis Institute of Art on a regular basis. Beyond those two places, my other favorite places to see and look for art type things are in smaller towns with older buildings, farms that have old barns and anywhere along the North Shore.

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? 

I try to go to the St. Paul Art Crawls, Art-A-Whirl and Northern Spark events to see what’s happening with local artist and art community.

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?

I will be in group show called SHUTTER hosted by Altered Esthetics. The show will be at Glam Doll Donuts in Minneapolis for the month of September.

Attached Images
1 - Poncho Dogs
2 - Angel
3 - North Shore Rock
4 - Untitled (Dad)
5 - Apostle Island Ice Caves

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