After a distinguished career in law enforcement, Mr. Bates is now focused on his digital imaging career. Gulf Coast Imagery was formed to showcase the wide array of digital images gleaned over the years.

John’s self-illustrated articles have appeared in Nature Photographer, Trooper, and Super Models Unlimited magazines. He has provided digital images for such world-class events as the Annual Woodward Dream Cruise (MI), the Gauley River Race (WV), and the Dayton Air Show (OH). His diverse list of commercial clients includes International Trucks, General Motors, Detroit Brothers Choppers, Models of Michigan, Snap On Tools, Motown artists The Marvelettes, Purina Pro Plan dog food, American Specialty Cars (ASC),and even the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq and the First Nation Ojibway Tribe of northern Ontario.

John has also done extensive historical photo restorations for non-profit museums such as the Downtown Medicine Mound Preservation Group in association with the Portal To Texas History.

John and Geri, his bride of 35 years, are now based in Cape Coral, Florida. In their spare time, they enjoy time with their grandchildren, travel, the arts, and saltwater fishing in the coastal backwaters of the Gulf of Mexico. John also enjoys restoring antique firearms, while Geri designs and sells unique gemstone jewelry.