John Keatley was born and raised in California. After high school, he decided to leave the sun behind and travel north to Seattle where he studied Business Administration at SPU. It wasn’t until half way through college that he discovered photography, and it quickly became his passion.Some of his editorial clients include Wired, Time, Newsweek, People, and Businessweek.
Of this work, he writes: ‘I went to Liberia this past January with a team from MiiR. For every water bottle MiiR sells, they provide clean drinking water for one person for one year by digging and installing a clean well. MiiR hired me to photograph the first two company funded wells as well as direct a documentary film about the need for clean water in areas like Liberia. I was given a tremendous amount of creative freedom on the trip, and in my spare time, I was constantly photographing children in the nearby villages. On one day in particular, we visited a school where there were several children who’s families could not afford to pay tuition. I photographed five of the students, and was able to find sponsorship for all of them through my blog followers when I returned home. I am already planning a trip back to Liberia this next January, and I hope to continue my portrait work with the hopes of one day publishing a book’.
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