John Lever


The inspiration for my photography comes from my desire to share my views of my travels and of the natural world. Whether this takes form as a snow covered mountain, a tropical island or a bird in flight, the theme is the same: connect the viewer with my personal view of the world.

Over the last 7 or 8 years, a big part of my photography has been while sailing with my brother Paul and sister-in-law Chris. This has taken me to parts of the world that I might not easily get to and affords me a unique platform to see these places. Another major influence on my photography has been travel to the iconic parks of the American West – Yosemite, Sequoia, Banff, etc. To a person who spent his formative years on flat ground, the mountains hold a special feeling for me. One final influence I will mention: birds, and especially hummingbirds. So visually appealing and so hard to see – they are a natural challenge to photograph.

All this comes together in what and how I photograph. I hope you like it!


John Lever has been an avid photographer since the days of film photography. He has augmented key skills and aesthetics learned at Tulane University, the Spartanburg Photographic Guild, and Carolina Nature Photographer’s Association with extensive reading and experimentation. He expects to keep developing as a photographer forever.

He joined West Main Artist’s Coop in 2017.