The Burbank Creative Arts Center Gallery kicked off 2011 by presenting "Outdoor Nudes, Classic Landscapes, Old Wood — An Exhibition of Black and White Photography by Neal Johnston." The exhibition's opening-night reception saw local supporters of the arts and friends of the featured photographer enjoy the presentation of his dramatic images on Friday evening.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Johnston was a young boy when he first became enamored with using a camera to create images.
"My passion for photography began when I was in the seventh grade in a photo club," Johnston said. "My first time in the darkroom, observing a print come up in the developer was magic. I knew at that moment my life work would be in photography."
Neal in fact followed through with his childhood dream and became a professional photographer who, throughout his 45-year career, worked for the city of Los Angeles, the Photography Center and the Los Angeles Zoo.