John Flandrick – Photographer

by Oct 18, 2017Art, Articles

Third World @ Discovery Ventura by John Flandrick


Format: Photo  Third World @ Ventura’s Discovery Concert venue, October 11, 2017.

Artist: John Flandrick

John is a fan for 30 years of the grandeur which is reggae, as well as a professional photographer, based in Santa Barbara.


“I think these photos reflect the professionalism, basic humanity, and nailed-down tightness of these two great bands, and I hope you enjoy the treat of these images as much as I enjoyed making them.”
John Flandrick


About Third World & The Wailers

Perhaps no two bands are quite as synonymous with the legend of the Elders of reggae as The Wailers and Third World. I had the opportunity for a visual eye-feast when I covered both bands at two separate concerts at Ventura’s Discovery Concert venue; The Wailers on the night of September 20th 2017, and Third World on the night of October 11th 2017.

For example, you should have seen the diverse crowd react as The Wailers launched into “I Shot the Sherriff”, second only to the reaction to the band’s following song – one of raised arms, joyful smiles and spontaneous ‘sing along,’ which erupted during the opening bars of “Get Up Stand Up.”

For me, witnessing a landmark concert, seeing (but not hearing) the venerable Third World for the first time, now touring for 43 years, I shot an exclusive evening at Discovery. Yes, “96 Degrees in the Shade” convinced me that the diverse, many-aged crowd was experiencing one of the hottest nights of reggae on the Central Coast that night.

About John Flandrick….

IF A PHOTOGRAPHER’S WORK is spontaneous, stealthy, and cuts subcutaneously, John is a master of his craft. He is mentored by the best, world renowned photographer, octogenarian Santi Visalli, the Sicilian counter-culture photographer of the Italian ‘cinema noir’ movement, maker of over 50 Life and Time magazine covers of great celebrities,

Working with John, you’ll notice he is happiest when he is unseen and silent. In fact, his shutter is designed to make no sound. Although subtle, he is often in the middle of a happening, and when you see the event’s photos, you’ll find an imaginative trail of images that tell the whole story. John works in black and white, in color, in video, and with sound.

His ‘day job’ for years has been to document many of the Central Coast’s great collections of Art and Antiques, working with a certified appraiser. He has also shot for publishers as a maker of “notable author” photos in which he captures the writer’s essence; he has assisted in photographic book illustrations for the self-publishing industry. Documenting musicians in concert and rehearsal, he works in a current, timely blend of the edges of technology and classical photo-realism. He loves the movement and the colors of music and the stage; the devotion to certain kinds of musical genres shows in his work.

His favorite jobs are ‘shoots’ that create (a) document- a concert, an artist’s collaborative venture, a revealing speaking engagement, the plight of underappreciated street workers, or in a parade of images if he is shooting video. Unnoticed, he’s doing what he does best, to document, to narrate, to illustrate into a point of essence.