Janine Ross-Johnstone

Janine Ross-Johnstone

Artist Statement

It was in my twenties on my OE when I first picked up a film SLR camera, it belonged to my boyfriend.  It scared me, but at the same time excited the life out of me! Inspired by travel, people, and places I was eager to learn, the passion began.

Returning to New Zealand, I completed a two year photography course, via correspondence this gave me the confidence I needed. I built a portfolio and my business grew, spending many years photographing weddings and portraits, in between becoming a homeowner, a wife and a mother of two!

Later years … feeling a little bewildered by the ever-changing technology, forced me to study photography again,  becoming a real student in a real classroom this time with many others half my age was scary and many times wondered if I was doing the right thing,  but I loved every day and my passion grew even more! In 2010 I gained my Diploma ( with Merit ) of Contemporary Photography at the Design and Art College Christchurch NZ. It was one of the most challenging and most inspirational things I have ever achieved… I felt very proud.


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