Artist Statement

Old trucks and cars hanging about in fields and pastures, or lurking behind dilapidated barns and outbuildings, have fascinated John for many years as he has driven the back-roads of rural areas. He loves the abstract nature of the peeling paint layers and the contrast of chrome and rust.

Just as he is more interested in the old rusty derelicts than the shiny new or restored vehicles, weeds seem more interesting to him than flowers, a discarded shoe or broken piece of glass more interesting than the clean and orderly.

Regardless of what the subject of his photography may be it is John’s objective to show it from a different perspective, or to show a part as opposed to the whole, or cast the mundane in a new light.

John Sconce, Featured Artist, Don Dexter Gallery, Eugene, OR

Displayed at Don Dexter Gallery

Beware of Dog, July–September 2016 (Q3)
February–May 2013

Where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration is unpredictable but it helps to put myself in a location that increases the odds of that lucky find happening. And since I’m a sucker for nice lighting and shadows the time of day may come into play also. I find inspiration in nature, eastern mysticism as well as in music and many forms of art.

Favorite thing to do in or around Eugene…

I love walking along the river trails, both the Willamette and the McKenzie. Eugene is blessed with many music and theatre venues which we take advantage of; I especially like the local blues clubs.

Quote that inspires your creativity…

“Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.”

—Edward Weston


Beware of Dog by John Sconce
July–September 2016 (Q3)

There is no theme here, just a few favorite photos, some straight, some digitally manipulated. Typically, I’ll be driving or walking and will see something that grabs me for some reason, and I just go with it. Same story with the manipulation; I’ll try various things until it feels right. I hope one or two connect with you in the same way.


Born in Oregon, John Sconce has moved around a bit and has a diverse career background including marine science technician, logger, biology teacher and stained glass craftsman. He served in Vietnam in the Marine Corps where he first fell in love with photography. More recently, John was an eye-recovery technician with the Oregon eye bank and is now retired.