I inherited my grandfather’s film camera in 2011 and used it to document life with friends and family. Since then, I’ve tried to capture cultural vignettes, fragile moments, and romantic frames of the natural world. With each image, I hope to distill something of the human condition, though I can only realistically speak to my own. This condition is one borne of unique privilege and blessing, admittedly. But it also borne out of a loyalty to land & water, of a closeness to heart & spirit. It is a barefoot—both happier and sadder at the same time—kind of life, using camera as both a memory and a metronome to navigate our complicated practice of being.
John Schengber serves as the editor and photographer behind Skinny Dipper Magazine. He also writes free verse poetry and short fiction, and often reads at Richmond open mics. John sends out a newsletter with a new poem and photo every week. Follow him at @barefoot.john.