Planet Penguin

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The artwork

Photographie numérique
As bizarre a scene as I will ever encounter I am sure.
Captain Kirk and the landing party of the Enterprise on an exploratory mission in a hostile alien world. Penguinoid lifeforms detected in the mist ahead. It certainly brings to mind all kinds of quirky sci-fi. Equal parts Starship Troopers and Spaceman Spiff. The figures in the mist are obscured enough to be mysterious. The stance of the subjects in the foreground are serious and full of purpose. But the fact that they are…well, a bunch of penguins makes it all rather whimsical
I like this photograph. The photographers I admire leave a lot of themselves in the images they create. I think there’s a lot of myself in this one, whatever that says about me.

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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