John O. Roy rediscovered his love of photography when his father-in-law gave him a digital camera in the late 1990s. John did dabble a little in photography when he was a teenager, but with limited funds, he was unable to pursue it. In the years that followed, John refined his skills through self-instruction, a close friend, and several photography workshops at a local community college.
In the Spring of 2006, John wanted to make photography a more significant part of his life, so he enrolled in a Professional Photography Program and The Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. John refined his skills through one on one instruction with real-world photographers. The school was a fantastic experience for him.
After graduation in 2008, John attempted to be more a traditional photographer by taking portraits as well as photographing weddings. He quickly realized that wasn’t his calling.
While contemplating his future, John recalled something from a photography review during his last class at CDIA. The instructor, Jim Fitts, pointed out that he had real skills as a fine art photographer. (Something that upset John at the time) John thought about it some more what began to see what Jim was saying. (John did end apologizing to Jim for getting upset as well)
John then started experimenting with shooting items with studio lighting. John also experimented with street photography, something that he enjoyed and excelled in. Some of his heroes would have to be Stanley Kubrick, Joel Meyerowitz, Marie Laigneau, and Gary Winogrand.
When John isn’t shooting, his is cooking, riding his bike, and working at his grownup job as an Inside Sales Rep. John is also a board member of the American Society of Media Photographers.