Don’t you love it when someone that shares your passion and dream joins you in pursuit of sharing knowledge with the rest of the world? Today we are happy to announce yet another amazing photographer join our ranks – John “Verm” Sherman. As you have already seen from his amazing and funny posts, John is truly passionate about photography, particularly wildlife photography. Please give a warm welcome to John! Below is his favorite photos, along with his bio.
Friends call me Verm and I got hooked on photography in 1973 while in eighth grade. My first camera had thread-mount lenses and was so dumb it couldn’t even focus itself. Heck, it didn’t even have an exposure meter.
Back then I dreamed of becoming a landscape photographer, first in the style of Ansel Adams, then as more teen hormones kicked in, à la Edward Weston when I realized that when not shooting landscapes or nature abstracts he was getting women to strip naked and not just for his camera. Alas the Weston dream didn’t materialize right away so instead I became a geologist who spent his time staring at rocks through a microscope.
As well I got hooked on rock climbing, anti-inflammatories and crutches. I did lots of photography and writing for climbing magazines in the 80s and early 90s before burning out (on magazine and catalog work, not climbing). Disillusioned with the rise of digital imaging, I rarely picked up a camera for the next decade but regained my fotomojo in the last half-decade due in part to my relationship with Flagstaff photographer and climber Dawn Kish.
I resist shooting people unless they’re climbing or doing something embarrassing, so instead I focus my camera on the rock formations I scale and their surroundings. I also find that the hundreds of stormbound hours I spent staring at patterns in the ripstop nylon of my tent honed my eye well for shooting abstracts. In 2011 my photograph took on a scary dimension when I made the mistake of borrowing a 1960-vintage manual focus 600mm lens for a trip to the wetlands near Yuma. With that big glass strapped to my camera I discovered what an amazing, beautiful, frustrating, difficult, addictive and unprofitable subject birds were to photograph.
With my nature photography I strive to bring attention to the plight of endangered nature photographers around the globe, especially me; and how for just ten dollars a day you can keep me in passable single malt while I make sweet magic with my camera to share with the world. Thank you for reading, and please give till it hurts.