Jon Barry

A Professional Photographer

 A native of Baton Rouge, LA and principal photographer of Artkeep, Inc, has been involved in artistic ventures since high school, spending many hours in the illustration of animals, birds and fish. Barry graduated high school in 1962 and attended Loyola University of New Orleans pursuing a major in fine arts. He continued his education at Southeastern Louisiana College in Hammond where he specialized in painting landscapes and nature in beautiful watercolor renditions which he later sold in New Orleans.

Finishing his schooling in 1967, Barry then joined the US Army at the time when the buildup in Vietnam was taking place.

In 1974, Barry moved back home to Baton Rouge, and entered a family business.

In 1984, Barry along with his brother Wilfred started manufacturing theatrical makeup for the salon industry and then later for mass market to huge retailers such as Wal-Mart and Kmart, producing Halloween make-up and Easter egg dye
In 1990, Barry took his substantial knowledge in art which was used extensively in the marketing of the theatrical products and started a prepress shop, Image 4 Prepress, Inc. Artkeep, Inc is a wholely owned subsidiary of Image 4. The firm produced photo engraving and high end image scanning for the printing industry as well as worked with advertising agencies and graphic design firms producing high quality film for plating by commercial printers. Image 4 was at the beginning of the huge digital revolution which is now the backbone of the photographic industry of today. Image 4 was a dealer for Kodak for their early digital slr cameras, cameras costing around $25,000 which produced only 6 megapixel files nowhere near the quality of what an inexpensive point and shoot camera will produce today.

Today, Artkeep has the capability to do photo shoots on location virtually anywhere in the US, and from time to time we also are called upon to do locations abroad.

Jon B. Barry is the principal of Artkeep, Inc, a professional photography corporation located in Baton Rouge, LA.. We are always seeking new work and new models.

Please feel free to contact Jon at

Six Weeks with Shelby is an adventure and journey of two people, Shelby and Jon Barry. What begins in Carrabelle, Florida in early October and ends in late November of 2010, portrays a short business relationship between photographer and model in the beginning, to very best friends, by trip's end. Though this book is about the intense photographic artwork they made, their story is about the times they had and the very close relationship they developed over these six weeks as they traveled from Florida through seven states to Louisiana.

A subsidiary of Image 4 Prepress, Inc., was established in 1990. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we had the purpose of handling professional images, either taken by our capable staff of photographers or of those images provided to us by designers in the graphics industry to facilitate film making for brochures and publications.

Today, Artkeep provide professional photography and images for not only our original purpose, but also for general portraits, portfolios for models, highschool seniors, weddings as well as commercial work which previously had been our backbone.

100 Cyclists Hit By Car At 70 km/h

Car Plows Through
 Pack of Brazilian Bike Riders

The video is shocking. During a Critical Mass bike ride in Brazil on Friday, a car plowed through the pack, sending cyclists shooting into the air and flying over the hood

The highly disturbing video shows several riders piling up on the hood of the car before being thrown to the pavement. Richard Neis has been identified locally as the driver of the car and according to his lawyer, Neis was being threatened by cyclists at the back of the group. Also in the car was his 15-year-old son, who told a local newspaper that riders had been banging on the sides of the car and his father had sped up to get away from them.

Eight people were taken to the hospital out of the ten reported injuries.

Power Pack

Sherpa 120
The Sherpa 120 brings power to the far reaches of the world. Its lightweight and compact design makes it easy to carry in your backpack or daypack and its lithium iron phosphate battery offers an extended life of between 2,000-3,000 cycles - equal to 70,000 AA batteries. Charge from the wall, solar panels or car adapter, and add other Sherpa power packs and inverters through a simple stacking and unique cord chaining method that increases power. An integrated inverter for USB and DC devices provides regulated safe power to connected devices while protecting them from power surges. Giving you the power you need to go - everywhere. LCD status monitor keeps track of power storage in 20% increments. Integrated charge controller protects internal battery and connected devices from burnout and electrical spikes.

Estrella 3W Light
The Estrella 3 is an ultra-portable 3 Watt LED light and every outdoor enthusiast's best friend. With its low power draw, you can keep the trail, campsite or tent lit for hours at a time.

As a modular system, chain up to 11 additional Estrella lights for even more visibility. GOAL ZERO's broad light technology that provides light without rings. Can be powered from GOAL ZERO batteries or any 12V cigarette adapter (car or boat)
When space is tight and every ounce counts, The Nomad 27M packs the perfect power source. Using 27-watts of highly efficient mono-crystalline solar technology, its eight small panels provide plenty of power and conveniently fold into a small, lightweight portable case.

So whether you're backpacking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing or more, you can easily pack and carry your solar energy - compatible with all of your Elite gear.

Black Widow

Spider Holster
Managing a camera in the outdoors can be a pain. One solution, is the Black Widow Camera Holster from Shai Gear LLC. The goal is to get your DSLR from hip to hands in a flash and change the way you carry your camera. Unlike traditional methods such as the manufacture’s strap or 3rd party straps offers a belt-mounted system for western-style quick draw of a camera. Thus reducing stress on the neck, shoulders and back. No more fishing in a camera bag or wearing a camera strap slung over my neck. The holster sits on your hip or behind your back on your belt, the camera ready to grab in a flash. The construction of the Black Widow Camera Holster are very sturdy and lightweight which makes it perfect for shooting for long periods of time.  

It works with a small threaded knob that screws into the tripod mounting nut on the camera body. Simply lower the knob into the holster and it locks securely in place. To release, a quick flip of a lever allows you to lift the camera from the holster, and you’re off and shooting! 

Spot Connect

Have you ever been in place where you needed to be able to communicate but there was no cell signal. Maybe you go ,ountain biking in remote areas or drive you 4x4 Titan in the mountains. Now there's one way you can always be sure to make a connection and that's through a satellite. With the SPOT Connect device you can turn your Smartphone into a satellite communicator capable of a connection to the world from almost anywhere you can see the sky. 

The SPOT Connect is a small module you pair with your Smartphone. Using an app (Android already available, iPhone coming soon) you make the connection to a global satellite network that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet. Once connected you update Twitter and Facebook, send email and text messages or request non-emergency help from professional service providers. And when things get critical you also can send an SOS message for emergency assistance. You also can track and store your progress using Google Maps or your SPOT Adventure page. 
New this spring, the SPOT Connect costs $169.99
plus a required subscription service starting at $99.99 per year. 

Pole Flying

Crown King Arizona
APS building new power pole up.
All poles ready for flight

Even the APS Big Bosses came out to watch.

Cassie at 24 year old seen here working the remote cargo hook
was working harder then any of the APS ( in the white helmets ) workers.

Cassie hooking up a power pole.

P.O. Box 1293
1497 Big Salmon Rd.
Riggins, ID 83549
208-628-3038 Fax

Happy Flying