Description Under the green glow of the forest canopy, Hazel Run flows over its rocky bed at the base of a sandstone cliff that gave shelter during the American Civil War to hundreds of women and children fleeing the Battle of Fredericksburg.
John Ayo, Fredericksburg, VA Member Since December 2007 Artist Statement
John Ayo is an art photographer with an eclectic exploratory style and a taste for photographing interesting found objects and everyday scenes. Born in New Orleans, he now lives and works in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife and son, but sometimes travels.
"My interest in photography stems from my father's enthusiasm. We always had photography magazines in the house and I enjoyed leafing through them. Admittedly it was initially for the girls, but I picked up a few things along the way and have ever since found myself trying to bring a little something extra out of each shot.
"My first SLR camera was a hand-me-down from my father: his old Exacta VX IIA, version 6 as far as I can identify from my memories of it. I definitely remember the interchangeable viewfinders and brown leather case. That and the blue strap we got at the local camera store when he gave it to me.
"I've since gone digital and have become more prolific. Join me as I explore photography's possibilities, my own creativity and vision, and the world around me, and share what I find with you here.
I have also begun to explore the world of digital art. You can find the results of that exploration in my "Oddities" gallery.