Photography & Exhibits

John has been an avid amateur photographer for many years. His striking images document gardens, flower visitors and the mesmerizing life cycles of the natural world around us. John hand shoots all his images and does no unnatural editing of his work. His trusty Nikon and two lenses, along with a good tripod when circumstances allow is the extent of his photographic gear.

John's photography figures prominently in his talks, workshops, monthly writing and his book "The Plant Lover's Guide to Salvias". 

In addition, John's photography is a central part of his work as co-producer of a series of natural history exhibits designed for small to mid-sized science and natural history museums. Working with garden writer Jennifer Jewell since 2010, John has co-produced two educational and interactive natural history exhibits now on tour with Exhibit Envoy:

Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers - an exhibit portraying the relationship between flowers and pollinators. The exhibit is based around 50-some photographs of pollinators in wild and garden settings, primarily taken by John. These images vividly portray the intriguing lives of many kinds of pollinators. While many people recognize the European honeybee as an important pollinator, Keeping Company with Flowers primarily highlights native pollinators - butterflies, beetles, flies and others, which play a key role in the ecology of California.

Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the incredible beauty and diversity of pollinators. Of the 4,000 known bee species in the US, 1,600 occur in California. Through close-up photographs and supplemental materials, this exhibit introduces a diversity of pollinators, the various processes of pollination, the needs of pollinators, the obstacles their populations are facing, and what can and is being done to support them.

Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi - an exhibit vividly portraying the intriguing lives and important roles of fungi in our environment. While the Fungi Kingdom includes more than one million species, this exhibit primarily focuses on the mushroom-producing fungi. The exhibit is based around 30 photographs of mushrooms (the fruiting bodies of fungi) in the wild, taken by John Whittlesey and Jennifer Jewell.

Mushrooms aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the incredible beauty, diversity and critical importance of mushroom producing-fungi in our environment. Through large, detailed photographs and supplemental materials, this exhibit introduces viewers to a wide range of mushroom-producing fungi (gilled, pored, jelly, etc.), and their valuable roles in the environment (saprophytic, symbiotic, etc.).

Whittlesey and Jewell are at work on developing a new exhibit on the art, architecture and ecological role of Seeds. 

For more information onthe rental fees for hosting these exhibits,

please contact Exhibit Envoy: 415.525.1553

Contact - 530-774-4955 -  lic. #946191