John Woike

I have been a staff photojournalist at The Hartford Courant since 1999. I grew up and currently reside in central Connecticut, where I live with my wife and our dog Bella.

Photography has always been a passion of mine, especially sports. I got my start in photography as a second career when I began shooting professional and World Cup ski racing in northern New England.

I have no “formal” training, I went to trade school to learn carpentry, but became a tool maker. After ten years in a factory I decided I needed a change, so I quit and started taking pictures. It was a struggle at first but then I began to see improvement and that was the start of a love that continues today. I was greatly influenced by the many colleagues I have had the honor to work with each day throughout my twenty-two year career. I attended workshops of photographers that interested me and learned from studying pictures.

Looking at details to try to figure out how a subject was lit, how a glass of beer had that nice golden glow, and how did that photographer get that great shot? These are questions I ask daily of myself, and the members of our staff to help me grow as a photographer, a journalist and a person.

Our hope is that this blog will help readers understand how and why some of the photographs we take are chosen for publication. The photographers intend to share photos we have taken that may have changed our thoughts or influenced others in their thinking.

Why we like a certain photo then give some helpful pointers on how we achieved the desired result. Photography is a visual “kaleidoscope” that can open your eyes to many wondrous events. I’ve been fortunate enough to cover a few of them. I hope you will join me, and our staff, on a journey that is sure to surprise and stimulate the senses.

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