Have you ever thought to yourself, ” How would I do it if I had it to do all over again?” Usually this thought only pops into your head when you are about to die or your life is in ruin or perhaps during a midlife crisis where family and job stress suddenly takes its toll. This feeling is usually accompanied by mounting debt and an overwhelming feeling of being trapped in the life you have chosen. Tension in the world, an unstable economy, high fuel prices, and mind numbing popular culture may also add to this feeling of utter futility. For me, it was a little bit of all of the above but the real tipping point was the death of my father last year. That made me sit down and take a serious look at where my path has led me and how I could best proceed to live a fulfilling life and honor his memory.
And thus were the first words I read by John Wells. Born in Chicago in 1959, Wells grew up in Tell City, IN and Charlotte, NC. He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro but never quite finished. His career there included flunking out twice and making the deans list once. In 1984 he graduated from photography school in New York City and began a lucrative career in still life and fashion photography serving as assistant to both Bruce Weber and Chris Callis. The last 90s into the new millenium found Wells building set pieces and freelancing as a photographer and sculptor. He then relocated to a home in upstate New York (Spencertown, NY) to become a first time homeowner, general contractor, artist, and alternative energy enthusiast. In December 2007 Wells packed up and said goodbye to New York landing in SW Texas to live debt free and begin the Field Lab.