I, like so many others, have become entranced by the photographic stylings of John Peters, Chico photographer. John has dedicated more than 3 years and 15,000 photos to a project focused on capturing the essence of our own Bidwell Park.
John’s photographs featuring Salmon Hole, the fish ladders at One Mile, Iron Canyon, Big Chico Creek, Horseshoe Lake, and local wild and plant life intrigue viewers from all over the world. He has been extraordinarily generous in allowing me to share his work here for both local residents past and present to enjoy, as well as individuals considering relocating to the beautiful Chico, CA area.
My goal for this work is that it may help to inspire a renewed sense of appreciation in our community for Bidwell Park and help to develop a clear plan to sustain and preserve this sacred trust for current & future generations to enjoy its wild and beautiful solitude. –John Peters
“John’s photography captures the beauty of Chico’s Bidwell Park with stunning color and wonderful composition. His prints are to be cherished as works of art that remind us how fortunate we are to live in Chico.”
About the artist: John Peters has spent most of his life in Chico, and grew up exploring Bidwell Park. His childhood is filled with many fond memories of long days spent wandering the trails, enjoying its swimming holes, and discovering many secret wonders throughout the park.
The year 2000 brought a series of tragedies into John’s life. His family’s home was devastated, he lost a lifelong best friend, and struggled with the declining health of a loved one.
An important part of John’s healing process was retreating to the serene, magnificent beauty of Bidwell Park. He spent a great deal of time there reflecting, ultimately developing a passion for both photography and creating a greater awareness for preserving the treasure we have in Bidwell Park.
More of his work can be found at his website, Bidwell Park Arts. Prints are available for a nominal fee, and are sure to become cherished favorites– what a fabulous gift idea!