John Werle’s Abstract Film Snow Drift Photos

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All images by John Werle. Used with permission.

Photographer John Werle hails from Western Canada, and started in photography when he was going back to university, after a year off, and, naively, thought he needed a creative outlet. “My father had an early auto-exposure Zeiss, which always frustrated him because he could never remember how to use it the once or twice a year he pulled it out.” says John. “I started using it, in spite of its limitations, but progressed as soon as I could to a Canon Ftb, which was my first serious camera.”

Film and working in the darkroom would become a love of John’s. He was always into shapes, forms, curbes, shadows, lights, etc.

Because of his environment, he was always intrigued by the snow drifts. “After a particularly heavy snow, driven by strong winds, I had a location in mind and it proved to be even better than I had anticipated.” says John. “That was the genesis for this series, as I hoped to capture the sensuous shape and form of the drifts.”

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