John Chapple was born and raised on the rugged North Devon coast of England, where the spectacular scenery inspired him to pick up a camera at the age of 14. Self-taught, Chapple began his career as a news photographer in the U.K., and continued it in both Australia and the U.S.
During the past 20 years, he has become a regular contributor to a wide variety of publications, including The Times of London and Rolling Stone.
Assignments have included the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado.
Chapple’s philosophy has always been to blend the traditional techniques of the past with the technical advances of the future. Taking these photographs, he said, has brought him great joy, and eeing his work hanging on the walls of people’s homes is the greatest honor.
For these panoramic images selected, Chapple used a Linhof Technorama 617s III. This camera is unique in that the negatives are a huge 6 x 17 centimeters, with only four exposures per film. He also used a 50 megapixel digital Hasselblad and a top of the range 1DS Canon digital camera.
See selected images and other work at: www.johnchapple.com
“Serene Jetty” – Western Australia – 6th Place in Epson International Pano Awards and semifinalist in Hasselblad Masters
“Oregon Sea Mist” – Oregon, USA
“Hamelin Bay 1″ – Western Australia
“Perito Moreno Glacier” – Patagonia, Argentina
“Horseshoe Bend” – Arizona, USA
“Mammoth Hot Springs” – Wyoming, USA
“Downtown Los Angeles” – California, USA
“Bandon Rocks!” – Oregon, USA - Bronze Award in Epson International Pano Awards, semifinalist in Hasselblad Masters and Bronze in International Aperture Awards
“Point Vicente Lighthouse” – California, USA
“Golden Pier” – California, USA
“The Hull Before The Storm” – Queensland, Australia - Bronze Award in Epson International Pano Awards and semifinalist in Hasselblad Masters
“Venice Beach Lifeguard Tower” – California, USA
“The Wheel House” – Queensland, Australia – Bronze Award in Epson International Pano Awards and semifinalist in Hasselblad Masters
Today, Chapple spends his time discovering little known corners of the world to shoot in his unique and memorable style. The married, father-of-two has returned to his coastal roots – albiet 5000 miles away from Devon – currently living on the coast of Southern California.