Photo Notes A place to talk about making images.

October 30, 2022


Filed under: Fine Art,Fine Art Portfolio,Landscape Photography — John Siskin @ 12:40 pm

Abiquiu Rock

I am always interested in shape and texture. This is one reason I shoot so many black and white images. This may be, probably is, why I find myself shooting rocks so often. I could try to differentiate between shoot an actual rock and a cliff or a rock wall, but for the purposes of this page, these are pictures which are about shapes and textures. These images are not about specific rocks, but are about the abstract form. I return to these subjects repeatedly, they inspire and fascinate me. A lot of the less abstract images are on other pages including the Petroglyph images and, soon, images from Bandelier and Tsankawi. Please check out my other pages below.

I often do things which make shape and texture more powerful in my images. Perhaps the first important thing for me is to get really close to the subject and use a wide-angle lenses. I also distort shape and contrast in post. So, these images are not meant to be recordings, but are interpretations. I hope you will find them as fascinating and inspirational as I do./span>

As you might imagine I’d prefer that these pages don’t get filled with a great deal of text. If you’d like information about a specific image, please e-mail me at and I’ll let you know what I know. Of course, if you have specific requests about an image you’d like to purchase please use the same address. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase an image, please use the Paypal link below and give me the browser link to the image and your shipping address.

I am also trying a couple of things that will give people an opportunity to support this work. While I am fortunate to have enough money to continue to do this work, some things are pretty expensive. For instance 11×14 film is hard to get and costs about $300 for just 25 shots and a 120 roll of Ilford Delta 400 is close to $9. I have put in a link to Roberts Camera/Used Photo Pro that may get me a few dollars. I’ve bought a bunch of my used cameras from Used Photo Pro. They’ve been great! Roberts, basically the same place, is one of my go to suppliers for film. When I was living in Indianapolis their store was just a couple of blocks from my studio. So, I know them well enough to really recommend them. If you want to help me out, please use the link below to check out their stuff.



A few links


Introduction Page

Monument Valley

Taos Pueblo

Night Sky


Monastery Road



Ice and Snow



I did a large show when I was still in Indianapolis called Courting Chaos. The link will take you to the pages which describe the work and its evolution. These images are, well, chaotic and many of them are nudes. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

Links to my books, still available at Amazon!

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