John K Golson

Fine Art

Services & Projects

Migrating Immersive Art Experiences

Emerge From The Earth
An immersive art experience bearing a message of compassion and universal responsibility. "Emerge From The Earth" currently combines large format altered photography with teaching and discussion. The Work currently displays on a modular framework that can transform a space into a contemplative playground for the senses. Bringing a message of connection and compassion and practical ways to implement activities into our busy lives in order to achieve balance in our personal life, promoting positivity in our relationships and understanding towards a harmonious future.
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The Jewel
A modular framework that has appeared in a variety of settings bringing "Emerge From The Earth" art into the public. It has wrapped buildings, transformed garden spaces, enlivened squares and quads. "The Jewel" is unique as an exhibition structure in that there is the flexibility to become an aesthetically pleasing component to an already existing space. Many wonderful heart moments have transpired within this vibrant beginning to the development of the experience.
The Vision Space 1
Imagine this as a bamboo structure, a space for interactive contemplation and transformational discussion. Conceived as a migratory exhibition space with unique features to support the "Emerge From The Earth" experience. The  team will take this to festivals, schools, businesses. Places where people gather. You could think of it as a retreat. At 32' x 26' It will be a unique and intimate environment for viewing and contemplating, participating in discussion and envisioning a world beyond violence.
Pagoda
To be constructed in bamboo.  This ten sided structure will house the ten pieces  that make up the series "Shivas Temple", its ceiling reflecting a distorted image of the occupants, the work is a conversation on how we perceive the environment and conceive a positive thought process based on universal responsibility. 

Photographic Services

Photo Documentary

This is an image extracted from a collection created in 2015 as part of an effort by a group who I never knew calling themselves "The Alliance". They were working to bring a Regulatory framework for cannabis to California. I know very little of the group save that they were not in a position to go certain places and be seen in certain social circles so they sent me to Colorado to continue a dialogue begun three years earlier as a means to grasp the dynamics of how cannabis was to be integrated into a post prohibition society. The contribution of images and documented discussions with people in the industry and consumers resulted in three Bills passed in California Legislature in the Fall of 2015.
Others for whom I have done this work include: Ventura Botanical Gardens, Ventura County Behavioral Health and Ventura Charter School.

Natural & Ambient Light Portraiture

Shunning the studio and predictable lighting as well as being in natural surroundings I love to create portraits of people in the places they are comfortable. Where familiarity seems to free them from the constraint of a forced smile and they can be themselves. This makes for unpredictably wonderful photographs!
Also special is the time spent together. People can relax, just settle into the presence of the camera, hang out and let something magical happen. Memorable photographs require time and then there is a singular moment when all the elements come together. This, for me, is the essence of photography. Being tuned in to when that moment is going to happen. Watching peoples faces and body language, paying attention  to the environment, seeing the light dance in the viewfinder. Knowing that there is only one capture that is going to be the "right" one.

Photograph Restoration

Damaged frame, glass broken, photograph adhered to glass and unsalvageable. The mission: Recreate the photo while giving the subjects presence and clarity. This is a process that is challenging at best!
From the image on the left, along with what was left of the original photo after it had been liberated from the glass, and after several hours of detailed effort. A happy new beginning for a precious memory!