Mountains & Rivers Media
ReWiding the human imagination
  • Conservation Photography and Visual Storytelling

​Core Conservation Photography and Visual Storytelling Team

Mountains & Rivers Media works with an extensive network of dedicated professional story crafters throughout North America. Behind the curtain, you will find our core team pulling all the levers and gears.

​About John Canan, conservation photographer and visual storyteller

John is a perpetually curious story sherpa and adventurer creating visual stories that facilitate deepening connections.; a photographer, naturalist, and community builder based in Western Maryland at the foothills of the Central Appalachian Mountains. His approach focuses on creating imagery that fully engages people and invites them to deepen their connections with their communities, the natural environment, and ultimately, themselves. He earned a degree in Sustainable Community Development and Regenerative Design from Prescott College and was a recipient of the esteemed Servant Leadership award.


John specializes in using photography to serve institutions, businesses, and communities. His work is described as a catalyst for positive change. He is a perpetually curious adventurer and a story sherpa who immerses himself in and openly shares the natural beauty where he lives.

Matinicus (Tinni)

Tinny is the resident blue merle, Pomeranian. Matinicus is an Abenaki word for a beautiful island 23 miles off of the coast of Rockland, in Knox Co. Maine. Tinni is pensive, sometimes content, and she always ready to explore and share her love of the moment.


Tinny also is the Visit Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland (CVB) adventure mascot, where she enthusiastically uses her expertise in location scouting, supervising John's stunts, and providing general inspiration. Cute and snuggly, she also has a hunter’s heart. To tell her story with a camera means being able to live life at 1/8000 of a second.


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