John Pings has been making digital films and still photography since 2002; originally working on sporting events, the Rose Parade and other service events. Moving to Oregon in 2014, John has amassed over 300,000 still images and thousands of hours of film. Currently Mr. Pings is working on natural landscape photography and film in his digital editing and print studio by The River in Bend, Oregon.
Struck by a hit-and-run driver on an L.A Freeway & left with a broken spine in 2010, Mr. Pings continues to recover everyday. John completed an LA Marathon in 2013 and a Century 100 mile bike ride in his new home in Oregon in 2015; with 12 back surgeries, thousands of hours of rehab therapy and 2,300 miles on the road bike.
“Recovery is an everyday thing for me. I am just simply grateful for every day and try to make the most of each of those days. To be able to come back from that hurdle is just a testament to hard work and belief in a kind and loving higher power, and in my fellow humans. I was just so happy to be able to go anywhere ... and to not fall in the water! Much less make a film”. "I really need to thank especially my wife for her enduring love and patience; and certainly gratitude to the guys in the boat for putting up with this limping ox and taking me along anyway”.
Semi-Retiring after 32 years in environmental science, geology and hazardous waste remediation; Mr. Pings enters the first time filmmaker ranks with “Oregon’s Water Colors”, 2020.