James Johnson is an avid photographer of old airplanes, flowers, wildlife and other beautiful things. He has worked for years at WinStar Casino but has been a teacher, instructor trainer, retail store manager, emergency medical technician and volunteer fire chief. He has lived on both coasts and lived in Puerto Rico for two years. He now lives at Falconhead in Southern Oklahoma, just a few miles from where he was born in his grandparent’s house near the small town of Leon.
Growing up in the San Joaquin Valley of California watching old biplanes used as crop dusters and war surplus bombers as air tankers fighting forest fires, he became interested in airplanes and aviation history. In college he was introduced to photography. It took many decades and a digital SLR camera to combine the two. He now spends his free time searching for the perfect shot of the classic, vintage and historic aircraft that are still flying and other things that catch his eye or tell a story.
James is a member of Gainesville Area Visual Arts (GAVA), the Texas and the Oklahoma Antique Airplane Association, and the Experimental Aircraft Association. The high point of his year is the EAA fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the largest gathering of airplanes and aviation enthusiasts in the world. 2022 will be his third trip there in the last five years.
You may get in contact with James at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit with him on alternate Thursday mornings at the Vantage Point Gallery in Gainesville.