Lori Johnson is a photographer and instructor living in Western North Carolina. Her photography reflects the nature and beauty of the area and the southeast. She started taking photography classes after growing dissatisfied with her finance career. It was time for a career change, so she went back to school and earned her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her current projects include photographing her surroundings and the beauty of the mountains, especially waterfalls, fog covered mountains, and the beautiful flora and fauna. Another project is “Once Upon A Time”, which shows buildings that are left behind and deteriorating. Asking the viewer to look with her, through broken windows and falling down doors, to imagine what and who once occupied these spaces. She is an adjunct instructor at Haywood Community College and has taught in the local high schools. She has received several artist grants to provide supplies for her students, which allowed them to create a photo quilt, transfer photos to ceramic tiles and digital cameras for the classroom. She also photographs for QuickDraw, a benefit to raise money for Haywood County art teachers and student scholarships. Lori’s photographs have been exhibited around the US and her work is included in several private collections. Recently she opened her own business, Johnson Images, which provides photography and fine art printing to the WNC community.