Monday, March 22, 2010

:: Monday's inspired human : Ian Johnson ::

I am inspired by Ian's unique style and a creative edge, he has a great eye and is someone who will always be doing something creative. I am really excited about the intimacy Ian creates with his portrait and event images. He knows how to capture the tiny moments in such a way that brings you right there, into that moment, frozen in time. Inspiring also is the way he captures colors and light in his more abstract photos. 

OK! Enough from me... Blogger world... meet Ian Johnson.

Name: Ian Johnson
Sign: Taurus but not into Astrology
Age: 34?

Where can we find you? (List them all;):

What is IT about photography?: Photography is something that is so immediate. There are images everywhere. So much so that it is overwhelming at times. I let images fly by without documentation by the minute. Sometimes when you go back it is gone.

Are there any other mediums you work in?: I draw with watercolor pencils, conte crayons and pen. I also paint with acryllic and water based Grumbacher oils.

If so, how do you think they (mediums) influence your photos? My paintings and drawings are always so abstract and crazy that I find my photography balancing that out sometimes by being minimal and subtle.

Who or what are you most inspired by right... NOW?: Tim Walker Photography. So sick. Also Jess Krause is inspiring. She is able to capture the art that is already there and make it her own. plus she is rad. ALWAYS: Andy Goldsworthy, Jamie Burns (, Jesse Hill

What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of photojournalism (let it pop in- then spit it out): Moments 

What was your first "real" job: Lawnmowing

If you could be a superhero, who would you be?: Batman. Love gadgets...and tight pants. Wait don't all super heroes where tight pants. WTF

What do YOU love most to shoot?: Landscapes and my kids

Squishy, bumpy, fluffy or smooth?: smooth

Best advice for overcoming a creative block?: Google

Please answer the often painful, age old art school question; "What Is Art?": Art is a guy down the street from me, who is off his rocker.

Describe what it is like for you when you are in the 'zone',when you are in your most creative moment?: Time does not exist. I love the feeling when hours have passed and you have no clue how it happened.

Thank you Ian for answering a few questions on P&P! What do you think about inspiratin, creative moments, Batman gadgets and tight pants? ;0) Please leave your comments here!

Happy Monday ~ Liza


  1. Liza - that was a great interview!! "Art is a guy down the street from me.." BRILLIANT! Also - he is a kick ass photographer. God I love photos!

    keep up the good work

  2. I've both worked with Ian and known him for a long time - he is a truly inspiring and inspired artist!