John Bruno became interested in photography during a tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force in Spain (1966 - 1970). Using a simple fixed focal length 35mm rangefinder camera he documented his travels in Europe and became hopelessly hooked.
During the '70s John used commercial part-time wedding photography to help support his rapidly developing equipment addiction. "This 'adventure' was financially rewarding but for me it was a genuine ordeal -- I just didn't have the stomach for it. I admire those photographers who flourish in that kind of high-pressure environment".
In 1972 his love of photography and sports collided as he landed a coveted freelance photographer position with the New York Giants that lasted until 1983. He was a member of Canon's "Professional Program" (the precursor of Canon's "Explorers of Light") where he had an opportunity to explore virtually every piece of hardware and glass Canon had to offer. He was "a kid in a very upscale candy store".
John was a three term president of the (then) Port Washington Camera Club and served as a Vice President of the Photographic Federation of Long Island. He was a judge on the PFLI club circuit and freely admits that judging images is a lot more difficult than most folks think.
Initially John resisted digital image technology but in 2002 he invested in his first digital camera (a Nikon Coolpix 4500) which he learned to use on a seven-hour flight to London. After a week of shooting digital in London and Paris his addiction reached a new level!
John is currently using a Canon 7D and a variety of Canon and Tamron lenses: "Yes, the equipment is clearly important to success but let's face it -- it's only equipment. The rest is in here (pointing to his heart)".
He recently completed his third season as the Manhasset- Great Neck Camera Club Program Chairman and has delivered a series of unique and fresh programs.
John and his camera equipment are fixtures at many public events in Great Neck and his photographic efforts for the Great Neck Park District have cemented a creative relationship with the Park District.
John is also a member of the Photo Artists Network (PHAN).