John P. Cardone is a Long Island author, photographer, lecturer, and photography instructor. He also owns a video production company where he writes and produces video programs working for a variety of clients in healthcare. John lives in Ronkonkoma, NY with his wife Kathy and is happy to explain that he’s a five-time grandfather and a cancer survivor.
While John studied photography back in his college days, he never really had a subject that interested him—that is until he started kayaking Long Island waterways in 2002. At first, he took pictures to show his family and friends the beautiful sights he found. One day, while commenting on the beauty of his photographs and listening to John’s kayak stories, a close friend of his said, “John, you’re a writer—you should write a book.” In the summer of 2013, he published his first non-fiction book, Waterviews: A Collection of Photographs, Thoughts, and Experiences with Dog Ear Publishing.
In addition to teaching photography classes at the Art League of Long Island and The Islip Art Council’s School of Cultural Arts, John has presented a number of lectures on nature – including: “The Nature Around Us”, “The Carman’s River: An Amazing Natural Beauty”, “Finding Inspiration in Nature”, and his personal favorite, “The Healing Power of Nature.” He has been invited to speak at the Survivorship Meeting of the LI Chapter of the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Long Beach Library, Levittown Library, Sachem Library, the Connetquot Public Library, the Half Hollow Hills Library, the Clark Botanic Gardens, the Nassau County Hiking and Outdoor Club, the Holtsville Wildlife & Ecology Center, the Great South Bay Audubon Society, and the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge among others.
“In my waterscape & wildlife images, I try to capture the beauty and spiritual magnificence of nature. My photographs represent a moment in time through unique natural settings and the amazing personalities of wildlife. I am particularly interested in how nature can calm people’s minds while they take a “time out” from their hectic, busy lives.”