Chris Johnston Photography

Chris Johnston is a landscape photographer and photo educator in South Louisiana.

It has taken me a decade to write this post

Photography is a process and it takes time to discover what types of photography you like and to determine your style

I'm happiest when I'm alone. I'm not a people person. I don't go to concerts, or sporting events, or places where people congregate. I'll take a week in the woods in log cabin in the dead of winter over a week at Disneyworld. I live in New Orleans but have never been to Jazz Fest and about 17 years ago I stopped going to Mardi Gras. 

All this is to say that I'm in my element and take my best photos when I'm alone and can focus on the task before me without interruption. I like shooting landscapes, wildlife, cityscapes, and nature images. I'll also shoot real estate and architecture too because those are solitary types of photography. I also enjoy post-processing those types of images. Going through thousands of wedding images or hundreds from a family shoot is not nearly as much fun (to be honest, it's a bit of a chore).

This images shows the tenuous existence between New Orleans and the wetlands that are responsible for it's very existence and necessary for it's survival (as a buffer from storms).

This images shows the tenuous existence between New Orleans and the wetlands that are responsible for it's very existence and necessary for it's survival (as a buffer from storms).

I know that I'm in my truest element when I'm in nature and the more remote the location the better. For instance, I loved Banff, Alberta and Glacier National Park in a way that just doesn't compare to Jean Lafitte Park or the wetlands of South Louisiana. Something else happens to me when I'm in nature. I lose my aversion to people. Well, at least to people with my interest. 

I first discovered this over 20 years ago as a volunteer at the Louisiana Nature and Science Center and later at Audubon Zoo. I was shy kid with anxiety problems but when I was talking about wildlife I could get on a stage in front of hundreds of people and command their attention. I was a kid with ADHD but I could spend hours studying field guides to learn more about alligators or red-tailed hawks. 

Much later I rekindled this when I became a Certified Louisiana Master Naturalist. The hours spent in classes and in the field studying the habitats and wildlife of Louisiana made me almost giddy with excitement. Being able to share that with others came in a close second. I realize that with nature photography I get to share my knowledge and excitement through this site and with my images.  

It's taken me 10 years to embrace this. I spent a decade taking the types of images I thought other people wanted instead of the images I wanted. I tried to make everyone happy but all I did was make myself unhappy and produce images that were less than they could be.