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.
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.
The photograph is delivered in a tissue paper with white handling gloves and the certificate of authenticity. The artwork is shipped in a reinforced packaging that protects it. The combination of pigment inks and professional paper offers an exceptional result.
Its benefit : Pigment prints on art paper are the most durable with a life span of over 100 years.
A classic of museums and art galleries. The art paper is laminated on a rigid 2mm Dibond support. This very resistant material is composed of a resin interposed between two thin sheets of aluminum. The no-reflection appearance and the very aesthetic aspect of this support particularly emphasize the works on art paper.
Extra : Dibond is a rot-proof, stainless and fully recyclable material.
Sober, elegant and modern. The photograph is laminated on cartfix and presented with its passepartout in an aluminium frame. The glass protects the artwork while increasing the brilliance of the blacks and colors. The passepartout has a neutral pH to protect the photograph by avoiding any condensation phenomenon. This is only available for S, M, L and XL formats to ensure the best rendering.
Extra : Aluminum is a durable material, its maintenance does not require any detergent and its recycling can continue indefinitely without losing its qualities.
A modern and refined finish that gives a lot of style to the artwork and gives an original depth effect. The print is first laminated on a 2mm thick Dibond support and then framed in a custom-made solid wood frame. This technique provides the space between the print and the inner edge of the frame. It is the star finish in galleries and among interior designers.
Extra :Laminated on a sustainable material, then framed in a solid wood, the slightly recessed photograph is more protected.