John Hovenstine's versatility is reflected throughout his photography. From irresistible images of delicious meals to the grave beauty of a football player in a quiet moment, his work is characterized by nuanced observation and elegant authenticity.
In his November show at Schlow Center Region Library's Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Hovenstine shares his stirring black and white photographs of the Grange Fair experience, along with several searching portraits from a recent series documenting Civil War reenactors.Hovenstine's involvement in art and photography started in his early years. "I have drawn and painted since I was a little kid. One of my earliest memories of drawing something and thinking it wasn't bad was when I was around 7 or 8."
He has particularly fond memories of photography, especially working alongside his father in the darkroom. "Along with drawing and painting I have always loved photography. My Dad was a photographer and we rigged up a small darkroom in the basement where we would make prints. I really miss the smell of the developer in that dark, unventilated basement and the forgotten hours that followed."
Throughout his career as the creative director of an award-winning catalog and in his nationally recognized freelance art and photography, Hovenstine has shared his talent, passion, and thoughtful exploration of a broad range of subjects.