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The dual themes of John Swallow’s life have converged and found expression in his nature photography. 

John developed a love and respect for nature from his earliest days on family camping and fishing trips.  In 1972, he worked with the American Cetacean Society to educate people on the plight of the California Gray Whale.  Later, he trained and handled big cats, primates and elephants for Marine World, Africa U.S.A. in Redwood City, California.  John collaborated on production of The Ocean Symphony, a series of PSA’s for The Ocean Conservancy and various partner conservation groups.  In recent years, John has joined the board of Vital Ground, an organization working with both private and public concerns to protect and preserve North American grizzly bear populations and habitat.

John has also pursued artistic expression since receiving his degree in Design and Photography from California State University, Long Beach.  A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visual Effects Branch, John has been a pioneer in cutting-edge visual effects from his early career as Vice President of Production at Apogee Productions, Executive Producer at Pacific Data Images, and Executive Vice President of Production Technology at Universal Pictures. 

John lives with his wife, Lori, in Los Angeles, California.