Born in the North West of England during late 1957, I soon followed in my father's footsteps as a keen stills photographer and in the spring of 1971 became the proud owner of my first Canon camera, an AT-1 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex).
As a keen photographer I had a desire to shoot only one subject: Aviation. At the age of fifteen I quickly learned darkroom skills allowing me to sell Black & White photographs to fellow aviation enthusiasts at Manchester's Ringway Airport which make me enough money to fund my photographic progression.
My Canon collection grew and by 19 and now serving with the Royal Air Force I purchased my first "Pro" camera ... the Canon F-1 and soon after that the NEW F-1, an awesome piece of precision engineering that remains so to this day.
Life moves on and in 1986 I sold my first photograph commercially to Helicopter International having decided to specialise in military aviation. From that point I never looked back with many images being seen worldwide throughout the International Aviation Press. While I was quite happy selling my images to two magazines, their editor's wanted more ... at first it was a few lines to support the image but that changed to writing articles pages
1989 I was really a photo journalist rather than just a photographer but it did open more doors.
The mid 80's also saw me complete a number of City & Guilds 923 distinctions in photography and in November 1990 I was awarded a Licentiateship (LRPS) with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).
In 1991 I was also awarded a Licentiateship (LBIPP) with the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP). April 2004 saw me achieve an upgrade to Associateship (ARPS) with the RPS and in 2006 I became a regional photographic judge with Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF).
August 2012 saw my most prestigious achievement with the award of an Associateship (ABIPP) in the category of Aviation - Applied & Technical with the BIPP.
During the past 50 years I have moved from basic manual Canon's through to their 35mm flagship, the NEW F-1, then to the EOS-1NHS and RS auto-focus film camera.
In 1987 the digital era arrived and soon after that I switched using many digital models on the way. Now I'm using two very trusty professional Canon cameras; namely the EOS 1DX and EOS 1DX II. Putting these cameras with Canon's outstanding range of "L" series EF lenses I have been able to produce superb imagery and in my opinion nothing has come close to Canon's Professional quality.
Along the way I have used the odd Nikon and medium format with Mamiya and Hasselblad but I've still returned to Canon.
For those that wonder about back-ups: well I've had the EOS 40D for many many years but have just updated to the EOS 7D II.
Please now take a little time to view a selection of my images ... all thanks to Canon Inc.
John G Waller ABIPP ARPS