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Glimmers: Photographs by John Francis Peters

It’s hard to pin down where John Francis Peters might be at any given time. Upstate New York, China, Mexico… and that was just last year.

“Travel has been a big part of my life since childhood and engrained in my experience as a photographer,” recalls Peters. “Part of my focus on photography as a career path and artistic practice is that it fit perfectly with the need to explore and expand my understanding of the world.”

John Francis Peters is a freelance documentary, portrait and lifestyle photographer currently residing in Los Angeles, California. His travels define both his personal projects and assignment work- for clients like The FADER Magazine, TIME, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, etc. The collection of images presented here, entitled Glimmers, is a condensed edit of Peters’ own blog. These photos drift across time and space, representing not only the myriad cultures pictured, but also Peters’ own personal photographic journal. He hopes to eventually develop this body of work into a book or gallery installation.

“The title comes from the idea that photographs are happening all the time, and those moments which catch our attention are part of the magical experience we have in collaboration with the world,” writes Peters. “I also think the series reinforces for me that a true beauty of photography is it’s ineffable ability to guide us to and speak about the multidimensional world we live in.”

Many of these images are isolated, in-between glances away from the decisive moments prized in photojournalism, but this is where Peters finds commonality among such disparate subject matter.

“I do think we as a global community have more similarities than recognized, especially in regards to the subtleties in daily living,” writes Peters. “Those aspects we all share in common are really important to me and my work process because I feel they are the essence of the human condition… I think by making images about those subtleties, it may help bridge some of the perceived boundaries between our cultures and societies.” – Patrick Traylor, ptraylor@denverpost.com

Ray, Los Angeles, CA 2011

Ray, Los Angeles, CA 2011

Baptism, Yantai, China 2012

Baptism, Yantai, China 2012

A Room Filled With Corn, Les Cayes, Haiti 2009

A Room Filled With Corn, Les Cayes, Haiti 2009

Amy, Los Angeles, CA 2013

Amy, Los Angeles, CA 2013

George W. Bush Inauguration, Washington DC 2004

George W. Bush Inauguration, Washington DC 2004

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