John Branton Gynell
Born and raised in the Bahamas, John spent his formative years growing up in Nassau and the Exumas. At fifteen, camera in hand, John began photographing many aspects of these admirable islands.
Living in Florida, and schooled in the States, John’s hobby grew into much more. After attending the Savannah College of Art & Design, John graduated magna cum laude, and received his B.F.A. in Photography. It was here where John studied under several exceptional professors, and realized his passion for large format photography.
Upon graduation, John returned to Florida where he worked for four years as an assistant to Clyde Butcher (widely recognized as one of America’s greatest landscape photographers). After living and working in the Big Cypress National Preserve, surrounded by the natural beauty of more than a million acres of National Park wetlands, and cypress strands of wild Florida, John’s heart yearned for the more familiar island landscape he loves so much.
Living in Miami, John returns to the Bahamas quite often to capture on film the unique landscape of the Islands. His immense passion for the medium of photography, along with his unconditional love of the Bahamas, is highly evident in his photographs. His devotion towards nature, and the exquisite beauty and depth of the Bahamas comes shining through in his seascapes, and landscapes.
All of his black and white, large format work of the Bahamas is shot with a traditional 4 x 5 field view camera. His digital color work is shot, with DSLR, and underwater equipment, covering a comprehensive range of the Bahamas, Florida, the Caribbean, and beyond . His work has been exhibited in the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, the Coral Gables Museum, and throughout the Bahamas, and United States. John’s work belongs to a growing list of collectors who share a vision of the natural beauty of these pristine, and brilliant islands.