John Been was born in 1970 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He lives in Hoorn, a nice little city founded in the year 716, in the north of the Netherlands, situated directly next to the IJsselmeer. There he lives with his wife Tonja and his cat Missy.
To counterbalance his hectic daytime job, John is using his spare time to stimulate his creative side, which gives him his peace of mind. From about 10 years old, he became, partly due to his grandfather, very interested in the medium of photography. John has always been creative, including drawing and painting, but the camera and its possibilities, provided for the biggest creative force of attraction. John is a self-taught photographer who is passionate about combining the outdoors with his lifetime devotion to photography.
Over the years John built up extensive in-depth photographic knowledge, among others by analyzing the work of others, like Ansel Adams, Collin Prior, Hans Strand, Peter Lik and Joe Cornish. John is interested in many forms of photography, but his greatest passion lies in capturing our natural environment. Residing in the Netherlands, not blessed with a "backyard" with mountains, valleys, waterfalls and wild streams, has ensured that he has become very strong in finding the natural beauty of often small, undervalued areas, overlooked by others. His goal is to make grand landscapes out of small ones.