...of magic and alchemy


Even after thirty years working in media, I still find fascination with how light and shadow can transform commonplace objects and everyday scenes into an emotional experience.

My artistic drive is piqued through my amazement with a process seemingly incorporating elements of magic and digital alchemy in the creation of a compelling image. It’s a gas, gas, gas!

~ John Lauson


...early on

Growing up with an inviting forest in my back yard had a lasting impact in my appreciation of Nature. I soon learned those many of those stirring sights became more impressive with the addition of dramatic lighting or during uncommon weather conditions.

Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stout stimulated my interest in the graphic arts, communication media and photography. Soon these became the outlet for my investigation and creative expression. The University, too soon, ran out of photographic courses to devour and thus, I graduated.

A thirty-year career in educational media allowed me to hone and refine my visual composition and technique. Although educational television production comprised the greatest part of my working years, I still approached videography as just another still photographic image – but which happened at thirty times per second.


I bought my first serious camera as a young man while in the military in 1968 and I’ve had some type of camera in front of me since. Most of a 30 year educational media career was centered on cameras and the creation of an image in one form or another.

Since my retirement, I have been able to pursue the excitement which had originally drawn me to the field of media…the still camera…though these days it’s a digital image. I do miss the smell of darkroom chemistry on my hands, but the thrill of capturing a moment which artfully tells its story and stirs the imagination still remains.

I have been an active member of the Beaver Creek Photography Club since 2005 with two terms as president. I am also a member of the Valley Art Association.

My photographic work can be seen at Duncan Creek Wine Bar and Grille, Bridge St., downtown Chippewa Falls. My images are also available at Mulberry Street home accessory shop in Cable, WI. I also participate in various area art shows and other display venues and competitions throughout the year.

I participate in the Chippewa Herald Spring Art Show annually since 2006. My photographic work has been published in the Chippewa County Activities & Attractions Guide, Beaver Creek Reserve annual nature calendar, the Chippewa Falls website, the 2009 through 2015 Wisconsin Bankers Association Calendars, and numerous other forums. My photo contest submission was selected by the Sony Corporation from among 22,000 international entries for use in a 2011 calendar.