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I am a fine arts photographer from the western suburbs of Illinois and co- founder of VizoArts, a not-for-profit organization that provides support and encouragement to aspiring artists. My love of photography started when I was a student at Dekalb High School. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing art teacher, Mrs. Rosalie Bauerfeind. She taught me almost everything I needed to know about photography and instilled a passion in me. She showed me the importance of composition, perspective, and rule of thirds.

After high school, I anxiously submitted my photography portfolio to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When I received notification of my acceptance, I realized that I was about to embark on a journey of discovery and exploration. While attending the School of the Art Institute, I studied under Frank Barsotti and Fred Endsley. They encouraged me to experiment with a variety of photography and dark room techniques, which helped to develop a personal style. Their influence is what continues to help me make my work distinctive.

Some of the exhibitions I have been fortunate to participate in include; Northern Illinois Industrial Education Exhibit, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Student Gallery and the John R. Grady Gallery of Photographic Arts. Additionally, I had a solo exhibition at the Paramount Theater’s Grand Gallery, with an emphasis on local subject matter, industrial creativity and the beauty of nature.

On any given day or night, I can be found roaming empty desolate streets, wandering through fields, or observing things with a photographer’s eye, camera in hand seeking out that perfect shot.

Downtown Aurora, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

Downtown Aurora, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

Downtown Aurora, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

Downtown Aurora, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

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Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

The Bean, Chicago, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

The Bean, Chicago, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

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South Haven Michigan - by John Cornelissen

South Haven Michigan - by John Cornelissen

Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

A view from the Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

A view from the Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois - by John Cornelissen

The Loma, Coloma, Michigan - by John Cornelissen

The Loma, Coloma, Michigan - by John Cornelissen