Fine-art photographer Jack reminds us that travel can stimulate a person’s creativity
I was born in Montreal and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I write books on nutrition and health and lecture to consumer and medical groups. I travel a lot, both around the US and the world. In 2011 I reduced my work schedule to part-time to focus more on my fine-art photography.
When Nikon introduced the D800  in 2012, I sold off my Hasselblad film gear to help pay for the new Nikon and three lenses. My favourite lens is the Nikon 16-35mm. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8  is a beautiful portrait lens, and when I can’t get close to my subject, my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 lens  comes in handy. My super-lightweight 3POD tripod has proved itself field-worthy when I can’t carry my heavier Manfrotto and ones. I use the Slik AF2100 pistol grip  with the Manfrotto; I like its speed and flexibility, and I find pistol grips better than ordinary ball heads.
Travel stimulates my photography. I was in Japan twice in 2013, and I’ll visit again later this year. I was lucky enough to have the White Sands (New Mexico, USA) photograph below selected for Nikon’s worldwide 2014 calendar, which is quite an honour. I’ve been experimenting with painterly post-processing for some of my photographs; it’s a multistep process that does not rely on Photoshop.
Kyoto, Japan Two women pausing under
a shrine’s ga tes
White Sands La te a fternoon ligh t on the dunes is simply inspiring
B nson, Arizona I post-processed this image
wi th a pain terly ef fec t
All Souls’ Proc ssion I love this portrai t wi th i ts shallow dep th of field