Guyra, NSW, Australia — John James Fields sadly passed away in the small town of Guyra, New South Wales, Australia. He endured a sudden and short battle with pancreatic cancer. John succumbed to this illness on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, with wife, Patricia, by his side
John James Fields was born on Jan. 18, 1938, in Rockport, Mass., son to Charles Ludwig Fields and his wife, Sarah Mae (nee McDonald). John’s older brother, Charles, and his wife, Julia, live in Gloucester and Sun City West, Ariz.
On Dec. 29, 1966, John married Australian born Patricia Hazelton (known professionally as the singer, Kerry Bryant) in the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross Australia. On May 7, 1968, John and Patricia welcomed their first born daughter, Kerry, to their lives, soon to be followed on the Sept. 21, 1969, by their second daughter, Helvi.
John Fields was a consummate photographer and he used his talents to move around the world. From his birthplace in Massachusetts, he went to New Zealand, then on to Australia. From Sydney he moved to Armidale, then Guyra - a small town on the Northern Tablelands of NSW Australia, where he settled, enjoying the sweeping vistas and the small pleasures of its spare countryside.
John trained as a documentary filmmaker and photographer after service in the US Navy. He exhibited in Massachusetts and his work was sent on travelling exhibitions around the country. He also held several exhibitions in Boston before he moved to New Zealand in the 1960's to be a specialist electron microscope photographer in the cell biology department at Auckland University.
John and his wife, Patricia, became part of the rich cultural scene in New Zealand, where John flourished as a photographer of the natural scene and the built environment. Their friends included many of the brilliant and emerging generation of New Zealand painters and photographers as well as teachers, potters, printmakers, boat builders, architects, ecologists, mechanics, filmmakers, librarians and gallery curators.