John Cary grew up in Pensacola and returned there at the end of a long career in photography. He will take us to locations in the Florida panhandle that have remained largely unchanged in the last 50 years. Places nature and man have left to their own devices. We’ll headquarter on St. George Island, Florida, a picturesque 28-mile long barrier island with quiet beaches. The first day will be spent boating in the early morning and again for sunset toward Dog Island, Cape St. George Island, and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. Friday we’ll visit the sleepy coastal town of Appalachicola with all its quirky oyster houses, shops, and historical architecture. And Saturday morning we’ll watch the sun rise while we float up the pristine waters of the lower Appalachicola River and its smaller, wild and scenic tributaries. There will also be nighttime beach shooting and group critiques.

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John (Miles) W. Cary, has been a photographer for forty years. He began his career as a photojournalist, working for newspapers and United Press International (UPI). He was the Photo Bureau Chief in Springfield, Illinois for UPI and the Chief Photographer and Deputy Director of Photography at the Chicago Sun-Times.  He has been published in every major newspaper and news magazine in the United States as well as in various international news outlets.

John is co-founder of, the web property of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. He spent 19 years with the Chicago Sun-Times with 14 years in senior interactive management. He is the former Online Director for Time Out Chicago, former Vice President, Digital Products at The Nation Magazine and the former VP, Digital Products for The American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) in New York City. He is currently a freelance photojournalist working primarily out of New York City, the Northeast and the NW Florida Gulf Coast.

His ongoing work can be found on Instagram @ jmilescary and

John is a Marine Corps veteran as well as a graduate of Southern Illinois University (Carbondale). He resides in New York and NW Florida.

John’s images of the forgotten Florida coastline:


IG: @jmilescary