John W.Pattison Photography.
"A good photograph should provoke conversation" John W.Pattison.
John W.Pattison was born in South Shields 61 years ago, he has lived most of his life in this wonderful seaside town embraced by the River Tyne and which nestles between Sunderland in the South and Newcastle a little further North. Currently, his photographic passions includes black and white photography, but he particularly enjoys photographing in and around his beloved South Shields.
There is little doubt that the crucial hinge in John's life is his wife (June) and his family. Currently he is employed as a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist in Haematology at his local hospital, a place that established his cancer diagnosis 43 years ago. In 2012 John opted for flexible retirement (returning to work 3 days each week) due to some long-term health issues, a legacy of the salubrious chemotherapy and radiotherapy delivered many years earlier. Subsequently he wrote the highly acclaimed 'A Love Affair with Cancer' to offer hope and inspiration to not just someone with a cancer diagnosis, but for anyone in society. This book was self-funded and currently is a not-for profit project, so please feel free to check it out. www.aloveaffiarwithcancer.co.uk
During what clearly was a challenge to his mortality, John read 'Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee, a history of the Native Americans and found inspiration like never before. He has made the pilgrimage to Wounded Knee on many occasions such is his respect for the native people. In February last year, John was invited to attend the first Sioux empire pow wow (Wacipi) in South Dakota. A select few of those shots can be seen on this site ('Native Americans) accessible at the top of the page and to the right.
John is proud to deliver his photography service in and around his local Tyneside; his freelance photography business is a rapidly growing enterprise.
**** I will be a guest of the Oglala Lakota at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota from May, 17th until May, 22nd. ****
Watch this space for photographs and a future project.