About John Kokajko: Born and raised in suburban New Jersey John has also lived in Berkley, California and the backwoods of Maine. He presently lives in Bradenton, Florida,
Photography has been part of John’s life from grade school in the early 60’s. Ansel Adams and Edward Weston were major influences.
Occupations have included: laborer for a utility company, Data Control Clerk, maintenance/repair handyman, woodsman (theme song “He’s a lumberjack and he’s OK”), whitewater rafting guide, white water rafting outfitter/B&B proprietor, Physical Therapist Assistant, Real Estate Agent, Licensed Residential Contractor and Real Estate Broker. He has also done some commercial photography and marketing consulting along the way. John has documented and participated in a number of events in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts and the Art Slam events hosted by Realize Bradenton.
Photography has been an important tool for me since the 1960's. In 2011 I set myself the challenge of creating a series that expresses my central artistic vision.
Using the native and imported plants found on the Florida Gulf Coast as my subject matter I have created images, somewhat idealized and abstract, that express my respect for form and structure. Cues for actual size are missing or altered, a spiral coiled fern becomes visually equivalent to a Hubble view of the Whirlpool Galaxy. Mathematical forms are revealed as a natural consequence, illustrating both the simply geometry of linear equations and the controlled chaos of non linear fractals.
These are subtly manipulated digital images printed by myself on 100% cotton rag paper with a commercial grade ink jet printer. This combination yielded a depth of color and fine surface texture that fulfilled the images for me.
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