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Username John Giolas
Status active
Joined Aug 10, 2005
First Name John
Last Name Giolas
Country USA
Biography My interest in photography started as a young boy when I received a Cannon AE-1 for Christmas. I experimented with photography during my family’s long summer vacations at a cabin we had in the High Uintah Mountains near Flaming Gorge reservoir (not far from where I shot Swet Ranch series – see these on B&W Community’s Exhibit Archive). I graduated from University of Utah with a BA in British Literature and Creative Writing. My intent was to return to school after a year or two to obtain a graduate degree, but instead followed my long love of high-end audio and opened a small specialty store in Salt Lake City, Utah called Audition Audio.
I loved making images as a teenager and young adult but didn’t get serious about photography until I met my good friend, cinematographer Brian Capener, in the mid eighties. He and I would create images of the audio equipment we sold at Audition and turn the photographs into wall displays. He was and is a good mentor.
In 1999, I sold my business and came to work for Wilson Audio (a high-end loudspeaker manufacturer) as the Director of Marketing. I create all the marketing material for Wilson, including the brochures, ads, website, newsletters, etc. Brain and I still work together on all of Wilson’s marketing shoots as well collaborate on the brochures and ads.
I shoot in both medium format and 35mm. The medium format rig I use is a Hasselblad 503cw and three lenses (50mm, 80mm, and 120mm Makro). My 35mm film rig consists of a Leica MP with 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm lenses.
My photographic interests have evolved, but still center around the history, the stories if you will, that surround and are embedded in old, abandoned buildings. Utah is filled with old pioneer homes, buildings, and farms that have been left to decay. I love to search out these historic places, camera in hand.
I shoot primarily in black in white. I mostly use the Hasselblad system, tripod mounted. Most recently, I acquired a CFV digital back for the Hasselblad and a Leica M8 digital body. After resisting (boycotting would be a better description) digital for all these years, I jumped headlong into images via zeros and ones. I have to admit that I love it. Without the digital Leica M8, the series now on display on B&W Community, shot completely on my lunchtime breaks, simply would not have been possible.
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