Great news! the wonderful dancer Christine Rapley has just posted a series of my photos of her company Dancework. I took them in 1978-80 but most of the negs have gone missing (I am still trying to find them). She had a set of prints made at the time and has scanned them for the display. The only digitised ones I have are posted in my dance album.

 

My Patreon site was launched on 29 July 2019 and displays Flickr viewers' favourites and new, never previously published images. I plan to publish 2-3 images per week and as they are not publicly visible they can be at higher resolution than ever before. I am very excited about creating a community of enthusiasts to share my vision of beauty and have stimulating discussions about photography, technique and art, and enjoy interacting on a more personal basis than is possible on a fully public site.

 

For continuity I have tried to integrate it with my Flickr photostream so that favourite photos that have been archived will become visible to members in a special Patrons' Album, complete with all the individual comments (not standardised 'awards') that have previously been posted over the years.

 

Please give feedback on suggestions for improvements or any problems requiring a fix.

But first → follow this link ← to see what it is all about...

 

You can also view my Flickr portfolio in a more elegant format on FLUIDR...

 

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I am an art photographer* in South West England and the Charente region of France. My subject is an exploration of beauty and dreams - I see more than enough of troubling reality to want to project it further.

 

My work covers 50 years starting with B&W bleak landscapes through abstract nudes, portraits, dance & theatre to the added dimension of colour and emphasis on personal experience and subconscious mythology. I am always improvising, trying to learn from the images and people's reactions to them.

 

I count myself amazingly fortunate to have those friends and relations who have freely given their time and beauty as models to make many of my photographic ideas a reality, especially Marie who has shared the artistic journey from the beginning. I am also very grateful to my friends on Flickr who have made invaluable suggestions encouraging comments and engaged in deeply satisfying discussions on the philosophy and practice of photography and art in general.

 

Having started in the B&W darkroom printing era I have been an enthusiastic PhotoShop user for 25 years using mainly just the basic adjustments available in the early versions which have allowed me to "bring back to life" many negs and slides from the 60s onwards and re-compose pictures from spontaneous snaps – I continue to scan and edit these old photos as time allows. I have also had great pleasure in making re-edits of other Flickr photographer friends' work that I admire and posting them with their permission, including Rich "Summaron", Barry Carlton, Suzanne Reis / Johnny Wechs, Wayne / "Firebird", Ken Mines and many others.

 

My own website is temporarily offline. I have a longstanding photo.net gallery which includes a lot of background information about the images. I also have a blog which I have just re-activated. I plan to add the stories behind many of my photo series, old and new. They include art nude images so please do not enter the sites if you are under 18 or are likely to be offended..

 

Some of my photos which have been posted on Flickr for years and have been seen by over 200,000 people are now archived and visible only as thumbnails. They will be displayed in my Patrons' galleries on a rotating basis and may be re-posted here by popular request. Otherwise only a few images are not visible on my public portfolio, mostly because I have found them stolen and posted on random sites; some have been removed from public view at the request of the subjects/models who are mostly friends and relations and inevitably may move into life/work situations where public nude photos, recognisably of them could cause problems. Please do not ask for my pictures to be in groups unless I can see the Group pool or you invite me to join. Photos will not be posted to any groups which display blatantly pornographic images.

 

For those with none of your own photos ... don't worry, you're welcome! We don't have to be painters to appreciate paintings and we don't have to be photographers to appreciate photos. It would be nice if you could leave a comment on what you like or dislike about the pics - but remember that the nudes are mostly intended to be artistic rather than glamorous and so may intentionally be too distant / dark / even blurred to see all the details.

 

I don't like to block people but I will if: your username or icon is disgusting, you steal photos from other people, you make offensive comments or your photostream is ugly and pornographic.

 

* this doesn't just mean pretentious photographer, it means "not documentary photographer" ie my pictures do not necessarily record objective reality (whatever that is) but my reaction to the subject. They do start in a camera and mostly end up in the style of a photograph but quite a lot of "artistic licence" may be taken in between.

 

See my sets of most viewed (50,000+) and most favourite (200+) photos…

 

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A note on technique: there has been a lot of discussion on the differences between analog (chemical) and digital photography. I have a long experience of both and I believe the differences now are mainly in the attitude of the photographer rather than the technology itself.

 

The traditional photographer took the view that every image should be as close to perfect, both technically and in composition, as possible. This involved consideration of the aperture, shutter speed, focus, behaviour of the film and printing options, framing and exact layout. The "as possible" part meant there was often a trade-off between the quality of the image and the spontaneity of capturing the subject - and the skill in photography determined how much quality was sacrificed to "get that shot".

 

Technical advances in camera design and especially the change-over to digital processing have created a different approach where, to a large extent the choice of settings can be safely left to the camera in automatic mode and adjustments to optimise the image can be achieved in post-processing so that "getting the shot" is almost the only issue and photographic ability is mainly being in the right place and pressing the shutter at the right time. With fully digital cameras even "at the right time" is not a major problem because you can hold your finger down to take 20 shots over a couple of seconds and pick the best one. Artistic ability – thinking of a visual idea and working out how best to represent it graphically – has now (rightly) become the major issue as technique is more easily accomplished.

 

I believe that the discipline of traditional techniques is still valuable and in some danger of being lost, especially for many amateurs who never get to learn how the particular settings affect the final picture. I am pleased to see that there is a resurgence of interest in analog photography - even the extreme variety of large format / tripod technique. But I also see that the new approach has created a lively, informal style of image which in many areas is far more engaging than the carefully set up photos of the past.

 

So the unsurprising conclusion is that we should use the best features of each approach - combining some traditional knowledge of optics with modern methods of digital processing to make the most effective photograph under the widest range of circumstances.

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  • JoinedMarch 2006
  • OccupationMedicine
  • HometownSevenoaks,Kent, UK
  • Current citySouth West and Charente region
  • CountryUK and France
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TODAY _BY NOW # I,VE VIEWED VARIOUS SITE_ THE PLACE CAUGHT ME IS HERE# AM COMPELLED TO PRAISE ITS BEAUTY

September 22, 2021

Lovely work, at first glance. I love your attitude, as expressed in the "About" story: " I am an art photographer* in South West England and the Charente region of France. My subject is an exploration of beauty and dreams - I see more than enough of troubling reality to want to project it further." I am an opinion mak… Read more

Lovely work, at first glance. I love your attitude, as expressed in the "About" story: " I am an art photographer* in South West England and the Charente region of France. My subject is an exploration of beauty and dreams - I see more than enough of troubling reality to want to project it further." I am an opinion maker, historian and publicist, trying day after day to bring a healthier policy to our community and perspectives to my readers. And I agree with your "escapism" approach of the same initial problems! ;-)

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September 13, 2021

A wonderful photographer, with a lovely wife & family, who were are honored to call Friends and would love to pose for!

August 29, 2021
Bart Ell says:

You have a beautiful eye for photography! Thanks for sharing tender images on the stream.

February 22, 2021

As a Curator, Artlover and Photographer myself it is a real pleasure to see how well organised this collection of Photographs is. This must be the standard. Everything is linking together and it is of an high educational level without being forced on.

September 26, 2020
Marked Snail (deleted)

Atsuko and I just LOVE your gallery. A pure delight!

June 23, 2020

you have wonderful photos, I like your work.

April 21, 2020

Jonathan is a wonderful photographer! Your photos are positive, vital, full of optimism. Very high quality creativity!

February 22, 2020

Godlike photography! Amazing photos.. one can spend hours looking at these photos and it will feel like just seconds.. Absolutely refreshing pics with a true keen eye for beauty! Gladly follow to the end of the world I am turned into a big fan!

January 12, 2020
Accessible Receipt (deleted)

I see no reason to belive that your pictures are not genuine. Thank you for sharing them.

July 23, 2019

i was about to shower praise on your photos and of course add a caveat or two---but read your profile and you either explained them away or simply said what i intended to say--ergo,i am left with my shower of praise with a never ending stream of hot water---rarely---and i am a civilian when it comes to all art---have … Read more

i was about to shower praise on your photos and of course add a caveat or two---but read your profile and you either explained them away or simply said what i intended to say--ergo,i am left with my shower of praise with a never ending stream of hot water---rarely---and i am a civilian when it comes to all art---have a musician friend who no longer debates w/ me when i comment on music---dismisses me as a civilian---back to rarely do i feel /sense a reaction to non porn photos---am also a philistine---but your work over and over stopped me and made me look/feel---i truly enjoyed---is that ok---enjoying?---your gallery--first time i used that word but someone else did so am borrowing it--- would simply have and probably should have copied perpetual walk/s comments---summed up your work beautifully--

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July 27, 2019

An eclectic collection spanning subject and time from someone who has apparently been there and done that.

January 22, 2019

Jonathan is the best of what Flickr can be. I true artist and a great family man. I find myself spending hours taking a tour through his stream and through his life. Very proud to call him a friend.

August 2, 2018
Wooden Mint (deleted)

Jonathan has a wonderful appreciation of beauty. His wife is his perfect and beautiful model. I thank this couple for sharing their beautiful photographs for the world to see.

May 11, 2018
Henry R. says:

a top-of-the-line photographer. his line of work may be medicine, but his talent is evident in his photographic work. he is the consummate denizen of flickr.com world; artistic, meticulously-crafted work in his uploads, and very welcomed advice on techniques. cheers to you jon; keep up the great work, and let's see mor… Read more

a top-of-the-line photographer. his line of work may be medicine, but his talent is evident in his photographic work. he is the consummate denizen of flickr.com world; artistic, meticulously-crafted work in his uploads, and very welcomed advice on techniques. cheers to you jon; keep up the great work, and let's see more.

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April 17, 2018
plastic finger (deleted)

What an incredible story teller. Each photo relays so much through it's careful composition and execution.

August 27, 2017
Laszlo L says:

is always a positiv thing, meeting somebody with similar tastes... Jonathan make beautiful,artistic photos, i can lern from him... i hope that is reciproc too:) congratulations too your photos, friendly, Laci

October 16, 2014
Perpetual Walk (deleted)

I'm astonished that this beautiful and tender love story and this talented photographer has but one testimonial. If photography is meant to make us feel something about the subject, art, life and love, and yes, even the photographer... then surely, herein is the epitome of all of the above.

March 11, 2013

your gallery is a delight!

April 3, 2011