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Artist Statement

John Chilton is a  self-taught photographer of twelve years focusing on Landscape, Nature and Abstract color photography.

He’s constantly striving to look at the world in a different way.  His travels have allowed him the opportunity to shoot a wide variety of subject matter that open the mind and fuel his creative expression. It may be a striking contrast of colors or obscure architecture. Sometimes it comes in the form of shapes and lines that can be captured. He shoots primarily with a Nikon N80 camera with slide film and a tripod, relying on his eye and his creativity to create works rather than the latest technology. All  photographs are “as is” – they have not been touched up in any way other than some minor cropping.

The Abstract portion of the collection that includes Reflections, Marshes, Sandscapes, Tree Bark and Mossy Rocks is a source of pride for John. “For some reason, I am drawn to certain color combinations and contrasting elements.Self Portraits by Photographer John Chilton I think that’s where my Abstracts begin and then I see if I can stretch those boundaries into the unrecognizable. I want my viewers to say “what is that?”

Exhibitions, Awards and Publications

  • Sold images at Charleston Farmer’s Market – 1997, 1998
  • Honorable Mention Color Division for “Ghost Ships” at North Charleston Arts Festival – May 2004
  • Cover photograph “Palmetto Abstract” used on
    S. C. Coastal Conservation League Winter 2004 newsletter
  • Solo exhibition at the North Charleston City Gallery - September 2005
  • National Runner Up in the Scenics Division of Ritz Camera 2005 Photo Contest for the entry titled “Ghost Ships
  • Exhibition at the Artists’ Basement – Columbia, SC as part of “The Photo Show” February 2006
  • Displayed at Juried Exhibition for Coastal Conservation League’s “Vanishing Landscapes” Art Show in Beaufort, SC - February 2007
  • Two pieces selected for Charleston Artist Guild Signature Show – May 2007
  • Third Place – Piccolo Spoleto Photography Contest – June 2007 For “IOP Marshscape
  • Juried into Charleston Artist Guild Holiday Show – December 2007

In addition to the highlights listed above, his works are in the collections of art enthusiasts throughout the country. His images have been licensed by countless ad agencies, design firms and individual businesses appearing in publications, billboards and web sites. Chilton is available for freelance assignments in the Charleston, South Carolina area.