My work consists of large scale, highly nuanced color photographs of the stark natural beauty and inherent impermanence of landscapes. This work is part of an ongoing investigation into the transformative quality of landscape.
The series called “Streams” graphically renders the pristine winter landscape of northern Iceland. Starting out as trickles, the streams find their way down the steep mountains, peeking through snow drifts, meandering, disappearing and reappearing in no coherent fashion. In the course of their downward flow, they begin to interconnect, colliding and interweaving, growing in size and character, creating remarkable and countless formations. The “Glaciers” series, shot in southern Patagonia, reveals an immense landscape of ice that is in a state of constant flux as it cracks, melts and refreezes.
These places, which seem lost in time, are a reminder that there are forces of nature at play; a sublime beauty far removed from our everyday lives. Their dreamlike palettes offer a window into an ephemeral world where scale and perspective become impalpable. These large artworks allow the viewer to question their own relationship to nature in private and contemplative way.
about the artist
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, where he now lives. He maintains a studio in Brooklyn.
Jon spent the early years of his career assisting and printing for Joel Meyerowitz as his Archive Manager. He has won numerous photography awards and his work has been widely exhibited both in the United States and internationally. Among his solo exhibitions: Nunc Contemporary, Antwerp, Belgium; the Hearst Gallery, NYC; Rick Wester Fine Art, NYC; and East Central College Gallery, Union, MO. His work has been in numerous group shows, including: Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY; The Curator Gallery Artists of the Year show, NYC; Scope Miami, Art Fair; Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, NY; Open Space Gallery, London; The Museum of International Photography, NYC; and Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan, CT. His work is included in collections at the Museum of the City of New York and the Design Trust for Public Space in New York.