Jonathan Smith was born in England in 1978. He received his B.A. with honors in Fine Art at the University for Creative Arts in Canterbury U.K. and a diploma in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism at the International Center for Photography in New York City. He spent the early years of his career assisting and printing for world renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz. He has won numerous photography awards and has been widely exhibited both in the United States and internationally. He maintains a studio in Brooklyn.
Jonathan, has been photographing natural landscapes for more than 15 years. Shooting precisely and selectively with incredible detail, often revisiting the same site on several occasions until he feels the essential character of the landscape has been revealed to him. This conscious and gradual process of documentation results in meditations on land, water and air.
His investigations of landscape have led him to the remote locations of northern Iceland and southern Patagonia, where he photographed streams, glaciers, glacial rivers and waterfalls. These landscapes, devoid of human presence, display a world lost in time. Often abstracted, these photographs of mountain streams and glacial shifts are a reminder of the forces of nature at play; a sublime beauty far removed from the everyday. Drifting into frame, the dreamlike palette of these landscapes offer a window into an ephemeral world where scale and perspective become impalpable. These landscapes inspired the creation of large-scale prints that echo the vastness of the spaces they depict, inviting the viewer in to contemplate their own relationship to the natural world.