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Art & Life with John Allen

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Allen.

John, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
With three older brothers and a younger sister I always had this passion for capturing moments. We like most others weren’t well off financially; however, we made it work. My father is my ultimate inspiration. When I was 14, he had a quadruple heart bypass that changed all of our lives forever. He was medically retired and bored. As soon I turned 18 I moved to Phoenix to go School for Massage therapy Eight months into the program he had fallen due to kidney failure and was in a coma, he thankfully woke up and had this renewed energy for life and it made me realize I needed to get get to work on myself immediately. Therefore I did what any other 18-year-old kid would do in that situation and got a sales job. I worked for AT&T retailers over a span of 7 years and eventually moved to Oceanside, CA. Accepting a position with Hilton working in Hospitality was a ton of fun, and something was still missing. I was reached out to by a fashion designer and blogger from Mexico who was visiting the area and based on my Instagram she thought I was a Photographer and asked if I would collaborate, I was terrified all I had was an iPhone and she didn’t believe me. We met, shot, and it was very successful. That was my moment of realization. Moved out of California back to my hometown of Bisbee, AZ. in March of 2018, and two weeks later my beloved father passed away. Instead of that breaking my integrity I used it as fuel to ignite this passion of mine further and invested in myself by purchasing my first ever camera set up and all the gear that goes with it. I’ve been riding that wave of energy since, I can’t let his passing be for nothing he gave everything in his power to keep all of us siblings together, the least I can do is what he always wanted for me. Which was to be my own man and never stop pursuing whatever it is that makes me most happy, and that’s Photography.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a Landscape and portrait photographer with a very laid back approach, I care about my clients comfort over everything, I move around the shoot I like for people to be themselves 100% I add in tip bits of what id like to see but ultimately I want them to feel proud of how they look, the effort that goes into editing and capturing someone’s true self is beyond words sometimes.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
At first, it was rough no real support and a lot of backlash for being *NEW* you really have to prove how serious you take it first. I think its crazy how followers dictate talent. That’s almost never the case. People will legitimately choose somebody else because of followers and pay significantly more just because, I think we need to get back to the basics a little and regardless of social media focus on the artist themselves. I feel now its become really competitive and it shouldn’t. Acknowledgment of one’s efforts and creative ability should be praised regardless, and we need to continue to build each other up and stop tearing each other down. Making it a fun and motivating space for all future artists. I welcome and challenge everyone who has the creative urge to just try.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My main platform is Instagram @nhojnellax John Patrick Photos on facebook and

Booking shoots is the best way, and following along my path of growth and development. Offer feedback! Please. I will also be selling my landscape photos soon!

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1 Comment

  1. Serina Batista

    February 19, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    I admire John’s passion for his work. He is super talented and a great person!

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