Back in Black

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The artwork

Photographie numérique
The great works of art leave enough room for interpretation such that there is something new to be gained from each viewing. Not only standing the test of time, but growing and maturing through it.
I cannot claim to always achieve this lofty standard, but it is certainly the intention I set out with. To add a layer of subtext beyond the literal, and embed a fragment of myself into a scene.
If reality is simply information perceived through observation, then there is a significant amount of meaning that can be conveyed through a thoughtful photograph, pertaining to both the subject and the composer.
These penguins I’ll come back to over and over. There’s something there in the expressions, attitude, and compositional balance that I just can’t shake. Achieving both scale and intimacy manages to drag the viewer in, while leaving space to breathe, allowing for exploration of the frame at one’s leisure.

The artist

Jonathan’s rise in the world of fine art photography has been meteoric, as his works immediately command attention and strike an emotional chord. The universal appeal of his images stem partly from his nomadic life – Jonathan was born in Singapore, but left at an early age, living in Beijing, Hong Kong, California, Florence, and New York City.

With the natural world and its inhabitants as his muse, Jonathan exudes a relentlessness to commit to a concept, and is driven by a constant dissatisfaction of the status-quo. He does not create images you have seen before. His style is deeply rooted in both the emotional and the existential, with influences ranging from high renaissance art to the sacred texts like The Upanishads and Tao Te Ching. Many have described his works as eliciting three primary feelings – reverence, humility, and melancholy. Jonathan often speaks about his own portfolio as a meditation on our place in the natural world.

Jonathan Z Lee has been published by the likes of National Geographic, Vanity Fair, BBC Earth, Rue Magazine, and House Beautiful. His work is on display in galleries and homes across 4 continents. Proceeds from his works help support frontline conservation efforts in partnership with notable NGOs such as SeaLegacy and African Parks Network.

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