John Haywood has been capturing images for over 25 years. Photographing a breadth of subjects, while remaining true to his beginnings in the darkroom. At the age of twelve John took a Journalism class in high school, and was able to get his hands on a camera, he was instantly hooked. His first camera was a used Nikon FG, that he purchased at a camera show. Shortly after, he and classmate Ryan Osswald brought the high school darkroom back to life. They were often seen together photographing sports for the school newspaper, or at the Hudson Photographic Center in Hudson, NY, which was owned by one of John’s mentors, Scott Neven.
As time passed, John shifted interest to landscape photography, as he continued to teach himself as well as gain knowledge from others. During Summer recess his Grandfather, who was his biggest inspiration, allowed him to convert a spare room into a darkroom, where he spent almost every day printing and practicing with black and white. Eventually, he would graduate and move out, but he always kept his passion for photography. In 2007, John entered the digital era of photography, with the purchase of a Nikon D80 and dedicating his craft to his Grandfather’s memory. In 2011, with the encouragement of his fiancé Heidi, he would take the first step to realizing the long-time aspiration of publishing a calendar with his photographs. John Haywood Photography was born, and the Waterfalls of Upstate New York calendar was introduced. While the first year was far from a success, John persevered and the calendar has become a popular and sought-after item every year. His hard work and determination also earned him an invitation to become a Getty Images contributor.
John not only displays his talents as a photographer, but also as a writer in being a contributor to Outdoor Project where he writes about the adventures he goes on.