About John Eklund
I began my career as a portrait photographer, capturing images of people, weddings and landscapes. It was a nice way to earn a living, and I enjoyed the creative outlet. But it wasn’t until 2004 that my passion for photography truly ignited. One day, while browsing YouTube, I discovered an artist posting time-lapse cinematography work under the name Mockmoon2000. I was captivated – and inspired.
Over the past eight years, my love for time-lapse photography has grown exponentially. The privilege and challenge of capturing nature’s beauty and sharing the unique aspects of time through my camera lens is incredibly rewarding.
I choose to shoot locations that appeal to the way I would like to interpret the story of time. Here in the Pacific Northwest, there are endless opportunities to document the magnificence of the world around us. My dream – and goal – is to travel all over the world, shooting breathtaking locations, and telling our planet’s story. I have discovered that when time is the storyteller, a special kind of truth emerges.
There are certainly challenges that come with this particular career choice. Weather conditions, excessive travel, sleeping in the back of my SUV, hauling equipment around (my typical ‘toolbox’ includes my Canon 5D Mark III camera body, Canon 16-35 f/2.8 lens and Dynamic Perception Stage Zero dolly system) and hours upon hours of post-processing work on the computer add up to make time-lapse a life-altering pursuit.
Even so, I am hooked. In working to learn the unique art of time-lapse, I have drawn from several influences, including Mockmoon (my original inspiration) and Tom Lowe. Their styles and subject choices have helped me to push my own boundaries of creativity and originality. I hope you enjoy the works I have put together, and I can’t wait to share more.