Born in the North West of England during late 1957, I soon followed in my father's footsteps as a keen 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 photographer I had a desire to shoot only one subject: Aviation and at the age of 15 quickly learned darkroom skills allowing me to sell Black & White photographs to fellow aviation enthusiasts at Manchester's Ringway Airport making enough money to fund my photographic progression.
My Canon collection grew and by 19 and now serving as a full time member of 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.
Life moves on and by 1986 I had sold my first photograph commercially to Helicopter International after specialising in military aviation. From that point I never looked back with many images being seen worldwide throughout the International Aviation Press. I was quite happy selling my images to two magazines but the editor's wanted more ... at first it was a few lines to support the image but that changed to writing articles pages long. By
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 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 became a regional photographic judge with Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF).
August 2012 saw my biggest achievement with the award of Associateship (ABIPP) in the category of Aviation - Applied & Technical with the BIPP.
During the past 49 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. Having entered the digital era I have made my mark 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 comes close to Canon's Professional quality.
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 ... HERE all thanks to Canon Inc.
John G Waller ABIPP ARPS