AN ARTIST’S JOURNEY: Regular Facing Out readers know John Bulmer. He’s been a designer and art director, a commercial and documentary photographer, and a fine artist. Now he is a creator blending of all those roles. “Over the course my career, I have come to realize that all art is built on the same principles of composition and color. Only the mechanics change as the media change,” John said.
Adaptation is essential in any creative pursuit, and John is continuously finding new ways to innovate, build narrative and tell stories for clients and causes that he seeks to promote, such as the protection of public lands and the conservation of fragile ecosystems.
He has designed software interfaces and consumer spaces, illustrated books, and designed packaging and websites. As a commercial photographer, John’s work has been seen around the world.
Recently, John has turned to mixed media painting, producing drawings and paintings of the landscapes he once captured with a camera. “The paintings are a way for me to slow down and enjoy the process again,” he said. “Over the past 25 years, I have captured millions of photos in an industry that relies on the fast turnaround of thousands of images on a tight deadline. Painting allows me to slow it all down and produce one deliberate thing at a time. For me, in 2022, art is the process of making something beautiful or thought-provoking, the tools used don’t matter so much anymore. It can be with an AI, a computer, a camera, or a paintbrush.”
Learn more about John’s photography at www.bulmerphotography.com or his paintings at www.johnbulmerart.com.
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