John Lanterman – Photographer

Translating what I see and feel to the final image is the driving force behind my photography. The vastness of the west, the solitude, and overpowering beauty are recurring themes.  

My photography is primarily documenting what I call “the real and emerging west.” Capturing the authentic west, set against the backdrop of constant change, whether it be cultural or environmental, provides a focus for my work.  Hopefully the images remind us to protect the landscape and cultural heritage of the west.

My intention is to tell a compelling story through a photograph.  A memorable photograph conveys a sense of place, and connects people to that place and moment. 

The backstory

Photography is an integral part of my life. As a youngster, I would borrow my Dad’s camera and explore the mountains around our home. On family vacations, and wherever adventure led me, I sought to capture on film what I saw and felt.  I marveled at the pictures of Alfred Eisenstadt and Ansel Adams.  Looking back, that begins to explain why I have a passion for black and white photography.

A career and family redirected my trajectory, with photography continuing to play a supporting role.  When photography once again knocked on the door, it was welcomed with open arms.

Steamboat Springs Colorado

Steamboat Springs, Colorado is the perfect base camp.  There is a mix of ranching and agriculture, outdoor recreation, natural landscapes, wildlife, and stunning beauty available outside our front door.  The Yampa River flows through downtown, and is one of the few free-flowing rivers left in the west.

There is a thriving creative community, and an incredible diversity of cultural activities for a small mountain town. There are photographers, graphic designers, musicians, fine artists, actors, writers, and every other type of creative imaginable.  

There are also a multitude of venues for artists to share their work and creative talents. This ranges from a historic downtown theater to a modern performance hall, and many other indoor and outdoor locations for the performing arts.  For visual arts, there are a variety of choices, including the historic Depot and many private galleries.

Ensō

Ensō represents a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

Ensō is a symbol in Japanese calligraphy that symbolizes many things; strength, elegance, the universe, simplicity, completeness, the visible and invisible.  It’s a reminder of what makes a great photograph – the instant everything comes together to capture what is seen and felt.

Gallery Representation

John is a member of the Riverwalk Collective, a program of Steamboat Creates. His work is on display at The Depot Art Center, located in downtown Steamboat Springs.