John Cate is a photographer who lives in San Francisco and delights in traveling the world. His work encompasses travel, documentary and fine art. He has documented annual ski trips to the European Alps, as well as many trips to international destinations from Portugal, France and Italy to Antartica and South America. In a recent portfolio, Surface, he examined the outside of common, everyday objects, looking for beauty in objects we take for granted. A current project, Ruins, examines the degradation of our built environment, whether by nature or by the hand of man, or the two together.