John Willems was raised in New York, New York, born in 1985 to a lower-middle class family. He called Brooklyn his home for many years, though would travel upstate with his father and grandfather to hunt. A single child, John was always fascinated with the wildlife, and cherished these trips to the wilderness. When he was 10, his dad gave him an old camera, which he used to photograph various animals and fauna. He loved nature photography, and it became his passion. By the time the boy had turned into a teenager, he realized this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. After graduating from New York University, John struck gold and got a job at the Wall Street Journal as a photo journalist. He spent his entire career there, and when the first signs of the outbreak happened, John was sent to Chernarus to cover it. Little did he know that he would be stranded there. His goal is to take as many photographs as he can, documenting the disease and it's effect on the land of Chernarus - and return home, at whatever cost.