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Daylight on the Reef

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The artwork

Photographie numérique
Studying art history while living in Florence, I was always struck by the epic scale of Raphael’s works – from The School of Athens to The Transfiguration to Disputation of the Holy Sacrament. Upon his move to Rome in the early 1500s, he began painting not just pictures, but entire rooms, filling floor to ceiling, massive wallspaces, with incredible scenes. His ‘stanze’, later known as the Raphael Rooms, became some of the most important frescoes of the high Renaissance.
This required careful attention to space, light, movement, and characterization, elevating simple moments to something larger than life, to an eternal aesthetic.
The natural world presents us with such grand scenes every moment of every day.
We just have to look.

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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