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Danforth Johnson – New Photography Website


Iowa City photographer, Danforth Johnson, recently launched a new photography website to showcase galleries of his various works. It’s quite inspiring and worth a visit. Check it out by visiting:


Through his Facebook page, I’d noticed a lot of the great work that Danforth was doing, and at one point reached out to learn if he had a website. When I learned that he didn’t have one, I volunteered to help get him started. Photography like his has the ability to really inspire others and needs to be shown off. So, we met over coffee, and in a short while he’d walked through the basics of getting started, but none of the design work or content creation had been done.

I was really impressed as I checked back to see how the site was progressing. Danforth developed the entire site from design concept to navigation and layout.

The end result is a clean website that’s easy to navigate. The full-width edge-to-edge site header image really gives the site an elegant look. The galleries are concise and showcase a good variety of high quality photos in each category.

I felt good that I could be a part of helping to get the site launched and answer a few questions along the way.

One of the main goals I envisioned for the Iowa City Photographers Guild several years ago when starting the organization was to provide support to local photographers. My own skills and experience are with web design, business promotions, and technology support. So, that’s how I’ve tried to help.

Over time, the group has grown to become a community where photographers can help each other through collaborating on jobs, discussing tips and insights, as well as sharing knowledge and experience with new photographers.

I appreciate the positive feedback and support that so many have given and look forward to doing what I can to continue building up Iowa City’s photography community more.

Below is the feedback I received from Danforth after working together. It’s appreciative comments like these that really make it worthwhile.


22 January 2015

I am an amateur photographer in Iowa City and a member of the Iowa City Photographers Guild. Gregory approached me with some quick advice for how to better promote my work. After some initial conversation we decided to meet.

I found Gregory to be extremely knowledgable and amazingly helpful. He showed me (using a language I could understand) how to purchase a domain and the basics of setting up a website. After leaving our meeting I was left with a lot of homework to do but I was delighted to receive messages from him that very night with suggestions and references and a lot of hand-holding. When I explained what I was looking to achieve he went way out of his way to research how best to attain the look and feel I wanted. In short Gregory made what seemed like a daunting task feel feel completely within reach. The result is that in just a few days Gregory walked me through a process that has my brand new website up and running.

I can’t thank Gregory enough for his help, delivered in easy to understand terms, in an amiable manner, without any pretense and with complete understanding of my nearly tech illiterate background.

Thank you Gregory! And I can honestly say I recommend Gregory for any project, big or small.

Danforth Johnson

Video Profile of Surf Photographer Clark Little

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Video originally published to YouTube on 25 April 2014 by TheInertia.com. On 17 July 2014, NPR had a feature story about Clark Little’s photography.


Getting tossed around by shorebreak and slammed into the sand day after day is a rough go; Clark Little wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, for the North Shore local, it’s all in a good day’s work. But the Waimea addict didn’t grow up snapping shots with his father’s camera like so many photographers do. He instead set out to capture his longtime stomping grounds when his wife came home with a framed photograph of Waimea shorebreak, an image he figured he would be able to easily replicate. Having never owned a camera, he threw a cheap “waterproof” casing over a cheaper point-and-shoot and headed out to the beach. Since that first attempt, Clark has not only emulated his wife’s purchased wall art, but — with a gallery in Haleiwa and international recognition — has become a heavily respected fixture of wave photography.

Special thanks to Tom Servais and Clark Little archives for the gorgeous imagery and Freddy Booth and Peter King for the in-water videos. Check out Clark’s new, 160-page coffee table book, Shorebreak, to see more of his work.

See Clark’s portfolio of beautiful shore break images:



Photographer Jason Matias Visiting Iowa from mid-March to mid-April 2014


Photographer Jason Matias of Hawaii will be in Iowa for about a month starting in mid-March 2014, and is interested in connecting with local photographers. In 2013, Jason Matias was recognized as the RAW Honolulu Photographer of the Year. His website and Facebook page showcase some of his work. For 2013, Jason created a Top Ten Photos of 2013 gallery of photos along with “the making of” videos showing his technique and methods.

Here’s a personal note from Jason Matias to those in Iowa who might be interested in meeting, visiting, and possibly collaborating. Those interested, can contact Jason directly.

Update: “My trip to Iowa is set. In staying in a cabin in Huntsville from March15-April13. It’s a ways from Iowa City but I can travel.” (14 February 2014)

Aloha all. I’m going to be in Iowa for about a month started mid March. If anyone is interested in shooting, collaborating, workshops, Photo Shop, Let me know! I definitely want to capture the spirit of Iowa. ~ Jason (28 January 2014)


The video below provides an introduction to Jason and his work.

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Here’s an inspiring Facebook post from Jason about his current experience with photography.

“I used to call myself an “adventurist.” When I was in the Air Force in Alaska I would take myself on long back country hikes and come home with great stores and no proof; so I purchased a camera.

Fast forward eight years and I am a civilian living in Hawaii pressed by the technical barriers of my Canon G12. I finally take the plunge and invest in a ‘real’ camera.

Finally, I have the opportunity to capture light in the way I have been imagining it.

Since November last year I have found that the boundaries of what I considered plausible have become benchmarks in a developing portfolio I dare to call my career.

My goal is to become both a gallery artist and a commercial photographer like a combination of Peter Lik and Eric Alamas.

I want to capture beauty, create beauty, and inspire beauty. I want to captivate, and engage; to learn, teach and learn from teaching. I think that these qualities are what professionals and a leaders aspire to and develop for.

I also think that these are the values I have towed with me since adopting the core values of the Air Force, specifically “Excellence In All We Do.”

I deeply appreciate this opportunity to work hard on this dream and am grateful that you have spent a few moments to read about me.

Jason (18 January 2014)

Photographer Bio: Fiorenza Ianzini Photography

20140114tu-fiorenza-ianziniI am a native of Rome, Italy, and I live now in Iowa City with my husband Michael and our daughter Matilda. I started my career as a cancer and radiation biology scientist and held academic positions at Washington University (St. Louis, MO) and the University of Iowa. In that capacity I have been recognized for my scientific work at national and international levels, I have been honored with numerous awards and funds for my scientific contributions, I have been a visiting professor at many prestigious institutions in this country and abroad, and I have published extensively about my work in specialized scientific journals. I am still an active member of numerous scientific societies and I was a NASA funded investigator. My scientific career spans more than 25 years.

I have paralleled science and art all my life and I have experimented with different techniques in painting, such as oil, watercolor, and acrylic, on canvas and mixed media. Only recently I have decided to depart from the academic life and devote my efforts to the art of photography. Photography, along with fine art projects, has been a great hobby of mine ever since I can remember. Only, I did my photography and my art in the quiet of my within, for my own pleasure and relaxation and for the few very close and amiable friends and family members who were interested in knowing how I see the world. I take photographs with passion and great attention to details. My photography is the true representation of the first immediate impact the subject has on me, as I very seldom like to play with photo editing.

I am interested in a variety of subjects and I have a great trained eye for details. I am an avid traveler and an attentive observer of other cultures, habits and places, all attributes that constitute my photography. I am very close to the world of dance and I am captivated by body motions and variations, and how photography can depict, freeze an instant forever, and transfer to the observer so many different intriguingly emotions. As an artist, I love to take a “panoramic” photo of a subject and then close-up to it and take images of details; my photos are at the same time the “whole” and the “deconstructed.” The world of dance is especially germane to this concept as the study of a body in motion lends uncountable opportunities of whole visualization and split deconstruction.

I have been photographing dancers and performers in action for almost a decade now and I have found myself more involved in the process with each passing year. What has started as a very personal satisfactory journey, a release valve from the work at the bench, has, with time, developed in an essential part of my everyday life.

My visualization of photography tightly connects with my scientific wisdom. Initiative and perseverance are at the hard core of both science and art. In science, initiative is needed to explore beyond the known, and perseverance is needed to accomplish endless repetitions. In art, initiative is needed to emotionally connect with the outside world and perseverance is needed to find the most inspiring way to represent this connection.

My work has been chosen for two consecutive years to be part of the “Small Works Show” exhibition held at the Chait Galleries Downtown, based in Iowa City. The shows ran from November 2012 to January 2013 and from November 2013 to January 2014. Some of my work has also earned special recognition in various photography competitions. Published photography can be found in “Images of Yesterday”, The International Library of Photography 1998 (Russell Hall editor; Water Mark Press publisher).

I have commissions from various Dance Studios in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and from the Coralville Center For The Performing Arts (Coralville, Iowa) and The Englert Theater (Iowa City, Iowa). My performing arts credits include work for the Nutcracker Ballet, the Cinderella Ballet, Aladdin the Musical, the Annual Nolte Academy Modern Dance Gala, and the AFFECT Dance Performing Company Showcase. I have also enjoyed portraying children in preschool settings and graduating high school seniors.

web: www.fifiphoto.com
e-mail: fiorenza.ianzini@gmail.com

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Emily Crall – The Photography Process (video produced by Valerie Duvick)

In the video below, produced by Valerie Duvick, Emily Crall shares about her passion for photography as she described some aspects of her process.