John Hailstone is based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire and specialises in landscapes and close-ups of nature with an emphasis on different views of common subjects.
His first camera was a Kodak Instamatic, followed by his first SLR ten years later. His origins are firmly in film photography, especially in black & white. Digital printing now gives him similar creative control in colour too. In January 2004, he became a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2005 he was featured twice in Amateur Photographer and once in Digital Photography Made Easy magazines and was in the top 100 in the AOP Open. In 2006, he exhibited in Henley-on-Thames & Reading and was featured once more in Amateur Photographer. A further exhibition in Reading and projects including ‘Stones of Crail’ followed over the next two years. In 2009 he exhibited ‘Ripples’ at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead and returned in 2010 with his portfolio ‘WOOD’. His most recent exhibition ‘blue’ was at the Cornerstone Arts Centre, Oxfordshire in Autumn 2011. His creative approach links back to chemical photography and that of Ansel Adams in terms of observation, visualisation and realisation although the final output is now a digital giclée print.