Hello. My name is John Poblocki. I am a New Yorker, although transplanted from Boston and Providence. Educated as a civil engineer and city planner, I have spent more years than I care to admit in a career concentrating in creating and managing environments in which we live and work. My project of a lifetime was the total design, renovation and conversion of a 1920's Newport waterfront mansion into fourteen condominiums and included creating living space in a rooftop windowless attic and building two units in the grand ballroom with a thirty-five foot ceiling. This was all accomplished without impacting the historic exterior.
But that was then. Early in 2017 I left my real estate career to pursue photography full-time and it has made a transformative impact in my life and in my photography. Instead of stealing a few hours each day or week, I am now spending 60 hours a week doing what I love. Imagine the difference it makes in what can be accomplished in a week.
As far back as I can remember I was fascinated with photography. I have a photo of me holding a camera when I was about 8 years old and I can't recall a time when I wasn't intrigued with creating an image, constantly framing and envisioning photos. While I may have taken a sabbatical from photography once in a while to assess my abilities with oil painting or pen and ink sketching, it was always the camera that I returned to for the greatest pleasure. It's not just the ability to freeze time in an image; to capture the reality of the moment, but to see and then show things in ways not always obvious. Without the camera, there would be no way to communicate an emotion with a silent language. Yet, it is only within the last few years I have enjoyed the rewards of sharing my photos with family and friends and now a broader audience. That is what this website and I am all about.
I don't take pictures or photographs. "Taking" a picture implies ownership by "taking." I would rather create a sense of ownership in others by building an emotional connection to an image, that frozen moment in time. If I am successful, someone will feel an attachment to an image that goes beyond "Hey, that's a nice picture. I like the colors." It will reach deep into a psyche and touch emotions in a way that pleases the senses. It becomes "I want to look at this and I can't explain why."
I love it when someone says "I know why you took that photo. I can just feel it."
If my photography is occasionally considered art, I am humbled. If you enjoy it, I am grateful. If not, I hope I didn't waste too much of your time.
Solo exhibition of "Urban Images" at One Art Space Galleries, Manhattan, August, 2017.
Corporate installations in Manhattan. Call me for information at 646-265-2597.
Registered photographer with Emporis, the Germany based building research organization
Member of Van Alen Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the design of the public realm of the New York region
Member of Friends of the High Line, the support group of linear park on the West side of New York City
Member of the Building Owners and Managers Association of New York