Jonathan is a photographer, and the creator of the award-winning website byjono.co.za (this one). Originally from the East Coast, now based in Cape Town, he shares his love of photography in images of subject matter ranging from documentary, music, performances, and landscapes, to architecture, portraiture, and a few photos of Kimchi (the sphynx). Through his images; portraying an unassuming, intimate, and playful perspective of his subjects – his ability to find the quirky, and interesting in the most unusual of places, combined with a keen eye for detail, sets him apart.
He's been in the game since 2008, spending most of his time capturing the debauchery of festivals, clubs, and musicians, something that still occupies a big part of his day-to-day activities. After moving to Cape Town; he incorporated more diverse subjects such as architecture, food, and landscape into his portfolio of portraits, and documentary images. He believes that the diverse nature of South Africa, and its cultures, especially Cape Town, offers any photographer a broad, and colourful palette to work with.
Some of his highlights since moving to Cape Town include shooting as the official photographer for the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF), the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender in Johannesburg, Mumford and Sons: Gentlemen on the Road Tour, working as the official Red Bull Studios photographer, being part of the Red Bull Photography Academy, working with prominent musicians across various genres, and mediums, as well as being awarded the top photography blog in Africa by Webfluential.
Apart from all the above he enjoys taking the time to explore the city, and surrounding fynbos, as well as being an avid gamer with a cool sock collection.
Words: Zanie Maree