John Johnson runs One Breath Photography (www.onebreathphoto.com), a site dedicated to the art of freedive photography—underwater pictures taken on a single breath of air. His goal is to show his viewers the beauty of the underwater world that awaits just beneath the surface—a world that can be accessed and appreciated without the complexities of compressed air.
John has been shooting underwater since roughly 2000 and has credits in a variety of magazines, papers, catalogs, and television shows that include Hawaii Skin Diver, Alert Diver, Patagonia, Deadliest Catch (After The Catch), Outdoor Life, Nature’s Best Photography, Honolulu Star Bulletin, the Honolulu Advertiser, West Maui News, Oahu Island News, the Honolulu Weekly, Maui No Ka Oi, and Hawaii Fishing News. He has been named as SCUBA Diving Magazine’s Photographer of the Week as well as Inon America’s Artist of the Month. His images have also appeared in both the Natural History Museum of London as well as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. His photography has also been used by different environmental and state and federal governmental organizations, including NOAA, DLNR, Hanauma Bay, The Waikiki Aquarium, the Monterrey Aquarium, the Department of Aquatic Resources, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Fair Catch Hawaii, Kahea, and the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.
John and his wife Lisa and son John live in the Mo’ili’ili area and spend their free time volunteering with ocean and animal-related organizations, changing diapers, and wishing they had more free time.