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The Littlest Sea Monster

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The artwork

Photographie numérique
The scene at this little pool was calm and dreamy. And the crowd of penguins dotting the banks leading up to the jagged peaks ensure that there can be no doubt as to where this was taken.
Then there is this curious little pup. I encountered it all alone, swimming in the shallow pool half submerged, like a little sea monster. It noticed me and climbed out for a closer look, eyes wide with ernest and innocence. There was not an ounce of fear as we regarded one another, just two creatures curious about the strange being in front of them. I lay motionless, and it crawled so close I could feel its every frosty breath on my cheek.
I knew I had to shoot at 24mm to capture how surreal this scene was, while still preserving the sense of intimacy between my new seal friend and I.

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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