Spirit in the Snow

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The artwork

Photographie numérique
The Inuit say you better hope to see the bear before you hear it, or else it’s too late. They stalk swiftly and silently. A ghost that comes and goes with the drifting snow.
Polar bears are resilient, nimble, and powerful. Most of all, they are curious – a trait crucial for survival in such an unforgiving environment. They are the largest land based predator, and yet they prove to be ever elusive, able to vanish into the great white emptiness in a blink of the eye. They are creatures of which fantastic tales are told over and over, from generation to generation.
This male emerging from the deep blue shadows was a solid, stocky 10 foot beast. I could barely make him out when tucked along the ice away from the light. But as he took a few silent strides towards me, he caught the sun and burst into a spectral glow.
Eyes locked, and I was immediately lost in those obsidian orbs.

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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