John Plashal is a photographer, author and speaker based out of Richmond, Virginia. In addition to pursuing extreme landscape photography, John spends a considerable amount of his free time assimilating into rural communities in Virginia, ultimately with the goal of tapping into local knowledge in order to identify, photograph and document places that offer beauty in decay and unique histories. John's inaugural photographic coffee table book, "A Beautifully Broken Virginia", offers a creative visual commemoration to the places he has visited and has come to deeply appreciate.. He also is a member of the Statewide Faculty Speakers Bureau for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, speaking to VMFA affiliates about his journey, in the form of a presentation full of captivating imagery and amazing stories. John's current customers include the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Delaware North, Inc.