Jon is self-taught, award-winning freelance photographer whose work has been published and exhibited in Canada, the United States, the UK and Europe. He began working as an editorial photographer for winter sports magazines, where he began to build up a portfolio of landscape photography. This personal work led him to focus on more documentary-led landscape projects, and ultimately led him to create the series Naked, which explores the creation of a personal and national identity, in relationship to the land we inhabit.
Historically cultures have turned to the natural environment as a source of inspiration and identification. Myths, memories and cultural virtues are projected onto a landscape; its characteristics mapped, elaborated and enriched. Over time, that landscape moves beyond the role of a cherished homeland, acquiring iconic status and becoming imbued with moral and spiritual significance. Painters, writers and photographers help create and venerate these iconic landscapes, which come to embody a national identity and the aspirations of a society.
Increasingly, this bond between our culture and our physical landscape is becoming eroded and disintegrating. This is the framework within which I photograph, exploring a culture’s growing spiritual and cultural detachment from the landscape. Using innate visual wonder as a tool, I examine issues of national identity and iconography, preservation, development and the ethics of land ownership.
Winner; Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Competition for Emerging Photographers
Selected for Luerzer’s Archive “200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide” (2012/2013)
Epson Panoramic Awards: Silver medal, Nature category
Selected for Luerzer’s Archive “200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide” (2010/2011)
Honorable Mention, Fine Art category, International Photo Awards, (Lucie Awards)
Honorable Mention, Sunset category, International Photo Awards, (Lucie Awards)
Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2009, 3rd place, Naked series - Nature (earth) category
Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2009 – Honourable mention.
Winner of the Professional Photographer category, Kendal Mountain Festival
Association of Photographers Awards 2007 – Judges choice, single image category.
"Highly Commended", landscape section, London Photographic Awards.
Silver medal, Lets Face It 3 Portraiture competition, London Photographic Awards.
Best Photographer – Inspired Art Fair 2006.
Silver medal, landscape section, London Photographic Awards.
Silver Medal, International Salon of Creative Photography.
Group Show, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, June 2013.
Salt institute for Documentary Studies, Portland, Oregon, February 2013.
AMPS Salon, Photofusion Gallery, London.
Magenta Flash Forward 2012, Photofusion Gallery, London.
Magenta Flash Forward 2012, Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre, Toronto.
Transience, Gallery Huit Open Salon, Penang, Malaysia.
Open Here, Hereford Photography Festival, Hereford, UK.
HPF Print Auction, Hotshoe Gallery, London.
Luminance, 10GS, London.
Transience, Gallery Huit, Arles, France.
Collectives, AOP Gallery, London.
AOP Open 2010, The Association of Photographers (AOP) Gallery, London.
AOP Summer Exhibition, AOP Gallery, London.
New Collectives, AOP Gallery, London.
Warehouse Gallery, Kendal Mountain Festival, Kendal, England.
Roof Unit, Open Studio, London.
Roof Unit, Foundations, Space Studios, London.
Four Corners Gallery, London.
Lets Face It 3, London Photographic Awards, Calumet, Manchester.
Association of Photographers Awards Exhibition – AOP Gallery, London.
Lets Face It 3, London Photographic Awards, Calumet, London.
Portfolio, AOP Gallery, London.
Signature, AOP Gallery, London.
Inspired Art Fair, Spitalfields, London.
Twisted, Cognitive and the Sublime, The Sun and Doves, London.
AOP Open 2006, AOP Gallery, London.
Circle of Confusion, Nolia’s Gallery, London.