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John S. Johnson

Photographer Profile: John S. Johnson

John S. Johnson

John Johnson is a conservationist, educator, freediver, and photographer. Through volunteer service with organizations such as Hanauma Bay, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the NOAA monk seal response team, he has taken his love of the ocean and worked to educate and inspire others to take an interest in and help protect the underwater world. In these organizations, as well as with the Hawaii Humane Society, John also works as a Japanese interpreter, helping to educate and translate for Japanese visitors and groups. John also assists with various local research projects, working with whitetip reef sharks, monk seals, and Hawaiian green sea turtles. Utilizing his background in software engineering, he is currently working on developing an online system to allow researchers to efficiently share acoustic tag data between projects.

John believes that through photography, we can teach people to love and appreciate the underwater world and to act as better stewards of the environment in general. Although SCUBA-certified, John prefers the beauty, simplicity, and challenge of freedive photography. When not working or volunteering, he can invariably be found freediving on the island of Oahu. His website, One Breath Photography(www.onebreathphotography.com), is dedicated to breath-hold photography and focuses on the underwater world of Hawaii, where he has lived since 1993.  He has been selected as Scuba Diving Magazine’s Photographer of the Week and Inon America’s Artist of the Month. His work has been appeared in the Natural History Museum of London, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Maui No Ka Oi, Honolulu Star Bulletin, the Honolulu Advertiser, West Maui News, Oahu Island News, Hawaii Skin Diver magazine, and Hawaii Fishing News. His work has also been used by Hanauma Bay, the Waikiki Aquarium, the Hawaiian Islands National Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Fair Catch Hawaii, Kahea, the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, Hawaii’s Department of Aquatic Resources, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.