Started with a Pentax film camera borrowed from Albert, his childhood friend and business partner in 1995, John started his interest in photography shooting the images for his OCEAN PRO boats line of products. After starting his design firm EBiz Design & Communications in the year 2000, he was always frustrated with images provided by his clients for the design projects and started to offer his photography services to his clients. He started his professional career in photography with the Nikon camera systems. Within a few years, soon John has established himself as a commercial photographer. His clients include ACCOR Hotel Chain (Novotel & Mercure), Air Asia (Tune Hotels), Best Western, Kota Kinabalu City Hall, Cititel Hotels, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Nikon Malaysia, Sutera Harbour Resorts, Nexus Karambunai Resorts, 1Borneo, Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah Parks, Starwoods Hotels Chain (Le Meridien), Kota Kinabalu Wetlands, Sabah Wildlife Department, Lokkawi Wildlife Park, MATTA, WWF, Sabah Tourism Board, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Sabah Water Works Department, JAKIM, IJM, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Polytechnic Sabah, Hap Seng Properties, Ming Garden Hotel, Shangri-la’s Hotel & Resorts, Sutera Harbour Resorts.
In recognition for his photography work, John was invited by Nikon Malaysia to conduct photography workshops to share his experiences. With the establishment of the Nikon Centre Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur in the year 2010, John was invited to become a Teaching and Advisory Panel Member of Nikon Centre Malaysia and Nikon Professional Services (NPS) member. For the first 2 years, John’s images were chosen as the main showcase print at Nikon Centre Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur for the years 2010 to 2012. He was also invited by Nikon Malaysia to share his work at the Nikon Centre to the public. Click here for more info.
In the year 2006, John has started Borneo Images, a gallery located at the Nature and Resort City of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The gallery showcases the collection of fine prints captured by John and a team of photographers and naturalists showcasing the beauty of Mother Nature. The mission is to use awe-inspiring photography as a powerful force to help create a culture of appreciation, understanding and stewardship for Mother Nature. John’s gallery has a branding alliance with the Le Meridien Hotel Kota Kinabalu of the Starwood Hotel Chains under the Unlock Art programme. John and his gallery was also featured in a film documentary feature of the series SPG TV EPISODE 15 of his photography work aired all Starwood Hotel Chains hotels in Asia Pacific region in the year 2009. His gallery was also featured in numerous travel documentaries. Click here for more info.
John’s first started his photography workshop in 2008 with an invitation from Nikon Malaysia as a speaker during the Nikon Bird Fair and Photography Exhibition. His most popular talk is Landscape Photography course titled “RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME and the RIGHT GEAR“. Over the years, John has provided photography training to various government and corporate agencies including Sabah Parks Board of Trustees, JAKIM and others. He has provided several workshops for Nikon Malaysia and was invited as a Teaching and Advisory Panel Member of Nikon Centre Malaysia when the centre first opened in the year 2010. He was also invited to talk at the Nikon Centre by Nikon Malaysia. He also provides Photography Workshops under the Mentor Series Branding by his Borneo Images Gallery. John is also available as a Photo Tour leader and instructor upon request. He is also currently developing photo tours to various destinations in Malaysia and overseas. Click here for more info.
John’s photography worked are exhibited at several photography exhibitions and galleries over the years. His work was exhibited annually by Sabah Tourism Board at the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festivals. Nikon Malaysia has also showcased his work at Nikon Centre Kuala Lumpur and other Nikon Photography workshops & exhibition events. His gallery, Borneo Images showcases his work since 2006 to present running theme exhibitions from time to time. He was also featured at the Epson 100 Photo Art Exhibition in 2011 together with Tourism Malaysia’s event. Click here for more info.
John’s images are widely published and printed on annual reports, brochures, promotion materials, billboards, exhibitions, coffee books and magazines. As an extension to his tourism based projects, his first coffee book titled BEST OF KINABALU PARK – A photographic journey through Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first world heritage site was published in the year 2015. Along with the coffee book, the Best of Kinabalu Park collection are also comprises of A3 Posters and Postcards sets printed on 100% recycled paper. Click here for more info.
This is a common question. Well to a certain degree, equipment are important to getting the job professionally done. However, what is more important is how to use camera equipment to get the image that you wanted. John has accumulated a rather large range of equipment due to his photography work and he is always exploring and willing to adapt new imaging hardware or software technologies. Click here for more info.