John Caruso

John Caruso

Changing Perspectives: An Artist's Statement

A compelling image is more than razor-sharp focus and balanced exposure. It must first contain feeling. A technically perfect photograph lacking in heart is merely a cold assemblage of paper and chemicals: a recipe followed mechanically. I believe the art of photography lies in the ability to isolate a moment, a place, a person, or a thing giving us a chance to contemplate its fundamental nature. We see the subject in and of itself within its own context. Consequently, we perceive--and interpret--it in fresh and sometimes unexpected ways. The elegance of photography lies in the fact that we are able to revisit the quintessence of those moments well after they have come and gone. Photography helps us to change our perspective.

In this spirit, I find I am most excited when I photograph everyday details--some would call them minutia--and give them their own, individual context.

Knowing that The Shot (capital "T," capital "S") can be anywhere at anytime is very appealing. It may come in the form of an out-of-commission train car, a hand-lettered sign on a lonely country road, or the flaking but vivid paint on an alley dumpster. I love to discover the elements of a scene that make me think, hm, I like that. Ideally, others will like it as well.

I feel it is imperative not to force my interpretation of a subject into the lens. I must remain open to receive the happy accidents that often lead to the photographs of which I am most fond. I have spent entire afternoons chasing a particular image, only to discover the best work of the day came as a "throw-away" shot just before I packed up in frustration. Allowing for--and embracing--the synchronicity that occurs with stunning regularity in our everyday lives has lead to some beautiful surprises.

Similarly, sometimes the best photographs spring from simply turning around, looking up, or looking down: in other words, from changing perspective.

About John

John Caruso has been interested in photography since his early childhood. He can remember his delight when his grandmother—whom he will always associate with the myriad boxes of slides from trips and family events—let him use her camera for the first time. For a five year old, seeing the world through a view-finder and pressing the shutter release was a heady experience…not to mention the enchantment of seeing his very own vision projected in Ektachrome brilliance once the roll was developed.

Today, whether shooting film or digital, John still feels the same level of excitement and wonder every time he makes an exposure. Though his photographic eye has changed, evolved, and developed over the years, the same youthful thrill is with him each time he looks trough a view finder.

Based in the Chicagoland area, John enjoys selling his photographs at fine art fairs and festivals, as well as displaying his work in galleries. His photographs have also been featured in magazines, on web sites, and on book covers. Most recently his work was chosen to hang in the John Hancock Tower Observatory in addition to being used in their electronic telescopes and souvenir pieces.

If you have any questions or comments, you can reach John at or by phone at (708) 669.9906.

Thank you very much for your interest.